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Up, up, and away...to Iraq

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  November 4, 2011 08:24 AM

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Oregon cluster balloonist and gas station owner Kent Couch is going on an adventure to Baghdad, Iraq - using 300 balloons. With a Nov. 15 launch date, Couch will fly 400 miles, expecting to reach altitudes of 25,000 feet. His major fear is unfavorable winds, which could float him into neighboring Iran.

This isn't Couch's first cluster balloon adventure, though: He floated more than 200 miles from Oregon to Idaho in 2008 while sitting in a lawn chair that was lifted by 150 party balloons.

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