Lawn chair balloonist to ride again, with co-pilot

JEFF BARNARD Associated Press Published:

Four years ago 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 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.