American Elephants


Not in a Million Years! by Emerald City Elephant

For the third time in three years, Kent Couch of Bend, Oregon has taken to the skies in a lawnchair supported by nothing more than 150 helium party balloons. He carries with him a BB gun and blowgun in case he gets too high, and 15 gallons of cherry Kool-Aid as ballast to release if he gets too low — and one supposes, to drink if he gets thirsty.

Couch hopes to fly his chair all the way to Idaho. Last year, he flew 193 miles to northeastern Idaho. I just hope he makes it safely back to Earth.

ADDENDUM: Mr. Couch flew his lawn chair more than 200 miles across eastern Oregon, and touched down gently in a pasture just outside Cambridge, Idaho.  Cambridge is a very small farming community with a population of around 300, located on the Weiser River in central Idaho.  Half the town turned out to see him.

The flight took about nine hours.  Mr. Couch says “Things just look different from up there.  You’re moving so slowly.  The best thing is the peace, the serenity.” He said he’d go to 30,000 feet if he didn’t shoot a balloon every now and then.  He carried a Red Ryder BB gun and a blow gun equipped with steel darts to control the lift, and a parachute in case he popped too many balloons.


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