A man flying across Oregon in a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons has reached his destination in Idaho…

A reporter tracking Kent Couch for the Oregonian newspaper says he landed safely near Cambridge, Idaho, on Saturday afternoon.

It was Couch’s third try at the journey.

Couch took off Saturday morning, riding a green lawn chair supported by a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons.

“If I had the time and money and people, I’d do this every weekend,” Couch said before getting into the chair. “Things just look different from up there. You’re moving so slowly. The best thing is the peace, the serenity.

“He’s crazy,” said his wife, Susan. “It’s never been a dull moment since I married him.”

I like the fact that he used Kool-Aid as ballast and a Red Ryder BB Gun to shoot out balloons to balance out lift. Good choices.




  1. lou says:

    You may be a redneck if

  2. eyeofthetiger says:

    ah, he owns a gas station. That about sums it up.

  3. ECA says:

    Tiger,
    and you think he gets more then 0.30 per gallon??
    The gov gets about 0.70
    <$1 for COSTS, and the rest is profits..

  4. Likes2LOL says:

    The third time’s the charm!
    “Up, up, and awaaay, in my beautiful balloon…”

  5. eyeofthetiger says:

    #3 My point is he’s going crazy. I understand that gas stations are getting reamed with high prices. Some chains are even considering not letting customers pay with some plastic because it is making them loose their profit margins.

  6. Patrick says:

    “and a Red Ryder BB Gun to shoot out balloons to balance out lift.”

    I remember my 7th Christmas, that was my best present.

  7. JimD says:

    “I like the fact that he used Kool-Aid as ballast and a Red Ryder BB Gun to shoot out balloons to balance out lift. Good choices.” – Sounds like he never grew up – Peter Pan Syndrome !!! Well, we all need some fun in our lives …

  8. gquaglia says:

    And the point of this was?

  9. Jar of Olives says:

    If it was a 9 hour flight, how did he handle the delicate matter of bathroom breaks for #1 and #2? At this point, we can’t know for sure what happened yesterday, July 5th, in the solace of the open sky. It is a mystery that the world may never solve. Perhaps that’s for the best.

  10. MikeN says:

    Didn’t you post this guy as a Darwin award nominee?

  11. James Hill says:

    Live the dream… even if you’re crazy as catshit.

  12. deowll says:

    Sounds like he had a good time. The issue of who got bombed when he had to visit the outhouse I shall tactfully leave for others to explore.

  13. Don says:

    I wonder how drunk he was when he came up with this plan.

    At least it sounds like he had fun. And he did it over a pretty much unpopulated area so he prolly wouldn’t have killed anyone else if he had screwed up.

    All in all, it sounds like a hell of a way to spend the weekend. He sure does have a killer War Story.

    Don

  14. jc says:

    Well, at least this guy survived. Looks like they found the remains of the priest from Brazil.

    http://gizmodo.com/5022283/sad-ending-flying-priest-found-dead-in-the-atlantic-god-positioning-system-still-missing


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