Lawn chair balloonists float up, up and away

(WTVM) - Two men are trying to set a new Guinness World Record - by flying in lawn chairs with balloons!

The Oregon gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer took flight Saturday afternoon from the city of Bend.

They are riding in two lawn chairs strapped with 350 large helium balloons. The pair plans to travel all the way to Montana.

However about six hours into their flight Saturday, they had to stop because of weather.

The trip isn't anything new for Kent Couch. He's made several lawn chair voyages over the past few years.

"You can set a Kleenex on your lap, it doesn't blow off, you can hear a dog bark at 15 thousand feet, it just bounces off the earth, it's a beautiful feeling," Couch said. "It just feels like you would imagine if you were floating through the sky on a little puff cloud. That's the experience we get, it's an addictive experience."

Couch says he's doing the flight to raise awareness for Iraqi orphans. The two of them are planning another trip in Iraq this October.

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