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Photo: Voyage ends early

Height of ambition: Oregon gas station owner Kent Couch and Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta lifted off Saturday morning from Couch’s gas station in Bend, Ore., as they attempted to fly some 360 miles to Montana in tandem lawn chairs suspended from party balloons. Seven hours into their flight, the pair were forced to descend due to thunderstorms. They landed about 30 miles east of the starting point. Flight organizer Mark Knowles said they made a hard landing and got out of the craft, but it took off again. (Associated Press)
Height of ambition: Oregon gas station owner Kent Couch and Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta lifted off Saturday morning from Couch’s gas station in Bend, Ore., as they attempted to fly some 360 miles to Montana in tandem lawn chairs suspended from party balloons. Seven hours into their flight, the pair were forced to descend due to thunderstorms. They landed about 30 miles east of the starting point. Flight organizer Mark Knowles said they made a hard landing and got out of the craft, but it took off again. (Associated Press)






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