Kids News - Balloon Articles
North Carolina resident Jonathan Trappe made history in May, when he became the first cluster balloonist to fly across the English Channel. On November 19th, the daredevil was back at it, this time conquering the skies of Mexico, in celebration of its bicentennial independence anniversary from Spain.
Kent Couch is an experienced aviator who has made several trips over the beautiful plains of Oregon and all the way into Central Idaho sitting comfortably on his helium balloon propelled lawn chair. On July 24th, the 50-year old thrill-seeker decided to it once more - this time, with his pal, 59-year old, John Fries.
Most Americans celebrate July 4th by relaxing on their lawn chairs and eating hot dogs - not Kent Couch. For the last three years, he has spent the day preparing to 'take off' in his lawn chair, with the help of 150 helium-filled balloons, in his quest to fly 230 miles, from Central Oregon to Idaho.