Monday, November 14, 2011
Ore. man delays Iraq lawn-chair balloon flight
Oregon's "lawn-chair balloonist" has put off his flight in Iraq until next year.
Kent Couch made headlines worldwide in 2008 when he flew a lawn chair supported by more than 150 helium-filled party balloons from the parking lot of the gas station he owns in Bend, Ore., to an Idaho field 235 miles east.
He had planned another balloon flight Tuesday in Baghdad along with Iraqi daredevil Fareed Lafta.
But a statement Monday from spokesman Mark Knowles says the two have delayed the flight until March to accommodate a number of groups that want to use it to raise awareness of the plight of Iraqi orphans.