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July 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Up, up and away: two take to sky in lawn chairs

This photo from 2008 shows Kent Couch lifting off from a gas station in Bend, Ore., in a lawn chair rigged with giant party balloons for a flight that ended 235 miles away in an Idaho farm field. (Jeff Barnard / AP, 2008)

This photo from 2008 shows Kent Couch riding a lawn chair tied to giant party balloons in Bend, Ore. Couch flew again today, this time in a tandem rig with Fareed Lafta. (Photo by Jeff Barnard / AP, 2008)

An Oregon man and an Iraqi adventurer have taken to the sky in a pair of lawn chairs suspended from helium-filled party balloons.

Cheered by several hundred supporters, Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta lifted off Saturday morning from a Shell gas station in Bend, Ore., The Associated Press reported.

Earlier, volunteers filled 350 5-foot-diameter balloons with helium and tied them to Couch’s homemade tandem lawn chair rig.

The two men hope to fly through the night across Idaho and touch down Sunday morning somewhere in southwestern Montana. But winds were carrying them in a southeastern direction shortly after the 10:20 a.m. takeoff.

The flight is a warm-up for plans to fly a tandem lawn chair balloon rig in Baghdad sometime in the future, according to the AP report.

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