Cluster balloon flights
Couch's first flight was in September 2006. The flight was cut short and he used his parachute to land safely on the ground below. The flight preparation and ground crew were filmed and edited by Sky Pinnick of Rage Films in Bend, Oregon.
Couch, a 47-year-old gas station owner, first flew 193 miles (311 km) in July 2007 riding a lawnchair elevated by 105 large helium balloons. Using amateur instruments to measure altitude and speed, a GPS device to track his location, and 5 gallons (19 litres) of water for ballast, he controlled his descent by releasing water. The flight began in Bend, Oregon and ended in Union, short of Couch's goal of reaching Idaho.
Launch time: 6:44 am (PDT)
Top speed: 49 mph (79 km/h)
Average speed: 26 mph (42 km/h)
Highest altitude reached: 16,625 feet (unofficial world record)
Touchdown: 3:56 pm (PDT)
Total time: 9 hours, 12 minutes
Total miles: 240
-  Archived July 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Lawn-chair balloonist flies from Oregon to Idaho - CNN.com Archived July 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Video: Man uses party balloons to fly 200 miles | World news | guardian.co.uk
- Kent Couch flies to Idaho with some balloons, a garden chair and a 'big dream' - Telegraph
- CNN Article - "Man flies 193 miles in lawn chair"
- AP Article - "Man flying lawn chair lifted by helium balloons"
- Official Kent Couch website
- Danny Deckchair on IMDb - a 2003 Australian film with a similar storyline