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Ore. man heads to Montana on lawn chair balloon ride

BEND, Ore. — An Oregon gas station owner is preparing to fly aboard a pair of lawn chairs suspended from helium-filled party balloons across Oregon and Idaho and into Montana with an Iraqi adventurer by his side.

Kent Couch plans to lift off from his Shell station in Bend, Ore., Saturday morning with Fareed Lafta, who contacted Couch after reading of his earlier exploits.

AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File

In this July 5, 2008 file photo, Kent Couch describes the joy of his childhood fantasy of being able to fly by grabbing clusters of helium balloons prior to taking flight, in Bend, Ore., Kent Couch...


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