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"I never really thought I would do it again," Couch said. "I thought I had had enough excitement.

"I started thinking, it sounds fun. It takes six months after you land for your brain to get over the fear and just the emotions."

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They planned to fly over Iraq last year, but ran into problems getting permission from the government.

"I really enjoy being able to share the experience with somebody else," Couch said. "I could only tell people about the experience," until now.

Couch has wanted to float like a cloud since he was a child, and was inspired by a TV show about the 1982 lawn chair flight over Los Angeles by truck driver Larry Walters, who gained urban myth immortality.

Couch’s first time up was in 2006, when he got only 99 miles before the balloons started popping and he had to bail out.

In 2007, he flew 193 miles before running low on helium and landing in the sagebrush of Eastern Oregon.

In 2008, things went much more smoothly. After lifting off at dawn July 5 with the help of scores of volunteers, he floated at 35 mph across the high desert, reaching his goal of crossing the Idaho border. That’s when he pulled out his trusty BB rifle and shot out enough balloons to come to earth in a pasture outside the tiny farming community of Cambridge, Idaho.

Couch was at it again in 2010, racing another lawn chair balloonist in a flight that went about 70 miles.




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