Balloonist Baghdad

November 4, 2011 by staff 

Balloonist Baghdad, Lawn-chair Kent balloons sofa has boarded a plane for a trip that Iraq hopes to complete a safe launching and landing under a huge cluster of party balloons.

Mr. sofa made headlines worldwide in 2008, when he flew a lawn chair specially crafted with the support of over 150 party balloons inflated with helium from the gas station parking lot has a field in Oregon to Idaho. The trip was 235 miles.

Sofa said Mr. Fareed Lafta Iraqi reckless invited him for a flight from Baghdad on November 15 in a youth conference in the Green Zone. Mr. sofa plans to fix 300 balloons to lift the two men sitting in a couple of lawn chairs for a night flight of 400 miles at 25,000 feet, requiring oxygen masks.

“Now that Saddam Hussein is gone, and the U.S. is withdrawing, when Iraq is really the steps and begins to dream of putting the country back together,” said Couch.

“I think that having a U.S. citizen and the launch of an Iraqi citizen on the whole, where we are saying that we are fulfilling our dream, which encourages them to dream, knowing that the sky is the limit if only to stretch the hand and try, “he said.

He has sent a couple of lawn chairs, the framework for the support, and hundreds of party balloons to Dubai, where Mr. Lafta lives.

“I said, ‘Do you have a garden chairs?’” Said couch in his contacts with Mr. Lafta. “He says, ‘What? I emailed a photo of one, and he said:’ I’ve never seen one of those. Better send a couple.” So I sent over a couple. ”

Mr. sofa, said he tried to send a compressed air gun to shoot balloons for the landing, because he thought he would not get past baggage inspectors.

“(Mr. Lafta) said: ‘If you need weapons, we have plenty of them here,’” said Mr. sofa. “I said, ‘OK, we’ll find something better.”

Mr. sofa, said his biggest fear is floating in neighboring Iran, but expected winds. “I’m pretty sure we can make 25,000 feet,” he said.

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