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Bad Weather Brings Down Lawn Chair Balloonists 62

Posted by samzenpus
from the dull-the-sharpest-mind dept.
Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta had their dreams of setting a world's record for the longest two-man cluster balloon flight dashed by bad weather and not kids with bb guns as you might expect. The men tied 350 balloons to lawn chairs and planned on flying from Bend, Oregon to Montana. The pair flew for about 30 minutes before having to land. From the article: "A post at the Facebook page for the project said wind had turned the balloonists around and pushed them back toward the town of Prineville, Oregon, and that thunderstorms heading toward the area were 'simply too much' for the balloons."

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Bad Weather Brings Down Lawn Chair Balloonists

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  • Last time I was through that part of the state there was really violent storms here and there, power was out in Sisters, some guy got struck by lightning near John Day...not the brightest idea, going aloft during electrical storm season.

    • There are supposed to be thunderstorms today and tomorrow, but i don't seem to think of "really violent storms" here, its usually quite mild in comparison to other places.

      • These were really extreme squalls, pretty atypical for eastern Oregon like you say. I grew up there and know about how it's usually just windy and dry. We're expecting T-storms today here in the Willamette Valley so something's afoot; these guys perhaps just picked the wrong day. Or year; even round here the sun usually puts in a permanent appearance for a few months starting in July. Guess it's the price we pay for not being baked alive like the rest of the country.

  • Real Life UP house (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RichMan (8097) on Monday July 16, 2012 @11:32AM (#40663215)
  • by starworks5 (139327) on Monday July 16, 2012 @11:33AM (#40663235) Homepage

    My home state, filled with some of the most "interesting" people you might imagine, for better or worse.

    Also home of the OSDL and OSCON, the largest naked bike ride, and gorgeous natural beauty.

    • But you neglected the most important part of living in Oregon, are you a duck or beaver?
      • by starworks5 (139327) on Monday July 16, 2012 @11:50AM (#40663435) Homepage

        Clearly you missed the MOST important part of living in oregon, Are you a raw food gluten free vegan bicyclist, or are you a carbon neutral organic polyculture pot farmer?

        • Or a Skoal chewing pickup driving redneck, to give the sparsely populated other half of the state its due. I can see these guys being brought down by .303 fire on their next outing.

          • Nobody in the USofA uses .303 - thats a British caliber.

            Thirty ought six (30-06) would be the round of choice. Though 7.62x54R is very cheap.as are the bolt action Moisin-Nagant rifles that fire it.

            • by Skynyrd (25155)

              Nobody in the USofA uses .303 - thats a British caliber.

              Thirty ought six (30-06) would be the round of choice. Though 7.62x54R is very cheap.as are the bolt action Moisin-Nagant rifles that fire it.

              Wrong. .303 isn't popular, but many of us have them.
              You can still buy ammo at any decent gun store.

              And yes, I bought mine in Oregon.

            • I love the 7.62x54R round, it is cheap (about $10 for a box of 20 if buying commercial with mil surplus being substantially less), can be accurate (you do seem to need to find the manufacturer your gun likes though) and can easily take all big game in North America. As to Moisin-Nagants, they are very inexpensive, I bought mine for $89 on sale a few years back but the quality of the Russian ones at that price point varies greatly (some are wall hangers, others are phenomenal shooters). I picked through abou
        • I will give you that. I was only out there for a few months with work and dealt with mostly professionals, but would have to say neither. The looks I would get when I would mention that I hunt was quite funny as people who preach the wonders of all natural, organic, free range, grass fed, cage free, hormone free, and antibiotic free meat tried to reconcile actually going out and killing an animal for food your self and their world view. You should hear the lecture I get about the evils of hunting and firear
          • by tehcyder (746570)

            The biggest things I miss about being out there is the beer, that you can buy beer in the grocery store, and can buy it on a Sunday.

            Hold on, so you chose to move somewhere where you can't buy drink on a Sunday. Do you now live in North Wales or something?

            • I have always lived in Minnesota, as in that is my permanent residence, but I happen to live close enough to Wisconsin that if I need to I can easily go get some.
      • But you neglected the most important part of living in Oregon, are you a duck or beaver?

        As someone who grew up in Oregon (Baker City to be exact), but is now a resident of Washington (Sound area)...

        QUACK!!!

      • by riverat1 (1048260)

        My username says it all.

  • Missed his shot at glory and fame with this one.

  • by SmallFurryCreature (593017) on Monday July 16, 2012 @11:46AM (#40663387) Journal

    Very patriotic of them to choose to design their balloons to look like the flag of the greatest country on earth. The Dutch people salute them!

    Lucky for them the winds weren't severe of them to give tribute to the French as well.

  • Stop wasting helium! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    What brain-dead gas supplier sold these idiots enough helium to attempt this stunt? Don't they know that there's a worldwide helium shortage - that even now, a new restriction of He allocation has cut gas levels available to suppliers to 50-70% of last year's levels, and He prices on what's left have doubled?

    Those of us who use helium for our jobs don't appreciate it being wasted on this crap. If these morons want to float on lawn chairs, use hydrogen - that'll get even more people watching them, and maybe

    • They wanted to use hydrogen, but then then FAA would have required a no-smoking sign.

    • by blackicye (760472) on Monday July 16, 2012 @01:35PM (#40664475)

      What brain-dead gas supplier sold these idiots enough helium to attempt this stunt? Don't they know that there's a worldwide helium shortage - that even now, a new restriction of He allocation has cut gas levels available to suppliers to 50-70% of last year's levels, and He prices on what's left have doubled?

      Those of us who use helium for our jobs don't appreciate it being wasted on this crap. If these morons want to float on lawn chairs, use hydrogen - that'll get even more people watching them, and maybe when the first two or three go up in fireballs people will stop doing this idiotic stunt.

      Helium is still obviously too cheap then, you'll just have to patiently wait till market forces correct the prices, so no kid will ever have a magically floating balloon again. (Not for less than $20 at least)

      • I laughed out loud when I noticed the original poster has been modded Flamebait. How many levels is that true on?

      • Yeah, lets create a crisis by acting thoughtlessly (foolishly) so then reality forces us to have to face the problem.

        The Market is far from reality, it merely is forced by hard realities eventually just like everything else is.

        One could say the exact thing about a communist solution-- when it becomes scarce people just get smaller rations (except for a few corrupt people who get more than others.) Similar result with both opposing systems.

        I would tax it so it lasts longer; maybe put that money into researc

    • by KDR_11k (778916) on Monday July 16, 2012 @04:47PM (#40666461)

      Welcome to capitalism, we don't do rationing of scarce resources, we simply raise prices. Anyone willing to pay the premium can blow it on whatever they want.

    • by tehcyder (746570)

      What brain-dead gas supplier sold these idiots enough helium to attempt this stunt? Don't they know that there's a worldwide helium shortage - that even now, a new restriction of He allocation has cut gas levels available to suppliers to 50-70% of last year's levels, and He prices on what's left have doubled?

      Those of us who use helium for our jobs don't appreciate it being wasted on this crap. If these morons want to float on lawn chairs, use hydrogen - that'll get even more people watching them, and maybe when the first two or three go up in fireballs people will stop doing this idiotic stunt.

      I agree, what's the point of balloons and airships if you don't get a good fireball every now and then?

      Mind you, I can't say I have all that much sympathy for the "squeaky voices" industry that requires helium.

  • Jeez, everyone just land on these guys already. I'm sure you'all are perfect.

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