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Published June 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

Balloonist Kent Couch


FILE - In this July 7, 2007 file photo, cluster balloonist Kent Couch, sitting in a lawn chair, ascends past Mount Bachelor to his cruising altitude at the start of his attempt of a flight to Idaho, near Bend, Ore. In 2008, Kent Couch made headlines by floating from Oregon to Idaho on a lawn chair hoisted into the clouds by party balloons. He's going to fly again, this time with a buddy sitting on a second lawn chair at his side. They are planning to take off July 14, 2012 from the parking lot of Couch's gas station and convenience store in Bend, Ore., the way he did in 2008 when he floated 235 miles to an Idaho farm field. Riding on a lawn chair attached to Couch's will be Fareed Lafta, an Iraqi adventurer and skydiver. Couch says he and Lafta plan to travel farther than on Couch's last trip going all the way to southwestern Montana, about 360 miles. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Pete Erickson, File)


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