An Oregon man has undoubtedly set some kind of record by travelling 193 miles in a flying deckchair, the Bend Bulletin reports. Kent Couch, 47, spent eight hours and 45 minutes travelling from Bend to La Grande suspended beneath 105 four-foot helium balloons, reaching a maximum altitude of 11,000 feet. He admitted: "It's scary …
There's a very famous near - Darwin Award
...along similar lines to this, but the guy ended up in the flightpath for LAX. Apparently, he'd only intended to hover around his garden...
That Darwin award...
A summary of Larry Walters' flight is here:
Couch and flying chairs
Oh dear Lester...
So who took the photograph?
...at 10'000 feet?
The hilarious Darwin Award story can be found here:
Lawn Chair Larry II
Now it fails to mention that larry, while atop the clouds in his helium erm powered lawn chair had actually managed to shoot his own balls off when he attempted to descend.
He killed himself a little while later, without fathering any children, thank god!
Just like the Austrialian movie
"Danny Deck Chair" http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Danny_Deckchair/60033353?trkid=181036&strkid=2032892203_0_0 This is pretty funny!
Expect lots of copycats now
The pics look lovely, doesn't everyone want to sit on a comfortable deckchair, enjoying the most amazing view you'd see outside of a scary (and short) parachute jump?
See you in the skies.
Being in Oregon has its advantages..
The news broadcasts where local here...even though it happened on the other side of the state.
There where helicopters flying about the area.... keeping watch.
I wonder what the FAA thought of this little "stunt".
I was working a while ago on a control system for a UK airport, and had the sysadmin's privilege of choosing hostnames. So the 9 machines were all named after pioneers of aviations (orville, wilbur, bleriot, whittle, earhart etc), and I found myself 2 short. So for the first I chose "cochrane" (yes, I know, I could have gone for Gagarin or Armstrong, but I'm a geek), and for the final one I chose "walters", as he must be regarded as a pioneer.
Given the regularity of Winpenny's contributions to the site, I suspect that working too hard is some distance from the truth...
Lawn Chair Flight happened in 1982
I remember seeing Larry on Carson.
Is there no limit to what no frills airlines will cut out of the flight these days? :P
Good job it wasn't in the UK
They'd probably do him for tax evasion, and terrorism
There's a song about this...
My friend Bryan Rivers wrote a song about Larry Walters' flight in his lawn chair - it's called "Up in the Air." http://www.bryanrivers.com. Good song, great album (his 1st one, eponymous). Anyway, not something I would try, and I'm rather amused that someone would want to repeat the stunt!!!
To give the guy his dues
Its got fluckload more leg room than easyjet :P
11,000 feet is like really high
“assorted drinks and snacks”
What? Did he have a flight attendant too?
ps The photo credit is Pete Erickson / The Bulletin
Image orders here:
2.12 - Chris