Latest Flight: July 14, 2012

Although the flight didn't go as planned, we still had a lot of fun, and we're really excited about all the people that turned out for the event!

Due to unanticipated wind currents, the craft changed direction early in the afternoon, and headed back to the Central Oregon area. Incoming storms forced an early landing, but both Kent and Fareed are safe and sound on the ground now! Kent has said that this flight was the most intense adventure of all his balloon expeditions in the past!!!!

They may not have set a record this time, but Kent and Fareed won't lose hope for setting another, because they have another flight scheduled for this fall in Iraq.

Details on the July 14, 2012 Flight:

Highest altitude reached: 14,060 feet

Total time in the air: 7 hours, 10 minutes (they launched at 10:20am and landed at 5:30pm.

Distance traveled: TBD! They went every which way in their flight, so we don't have an exact distance, but they ended up landing about 39 miles from the launch point (12 miles East of the Prineville Reservoir).

Number of balloons: 375

Watch us build the entire cluster in two minutes!

Thanks to our Sponsors and Volunteers!

We want to thank all of the sponsors who have made this flight possible! We couldn't do it without our GPS units, launch location, website, oxygen masks, photography and video - and all the amazing companies that have sponsored these items deserve to be recognized.We feature them all to the right of this page, if you're interested in learning about the businesses that have made these flights achievable.

The other people that deserve a HUGE thank you are the volunteers that show up to help us blow up balloons and get Kent into the sky safely each year! Despite the ever-changing (and often freezing) Central Oregon weather, they're at Stop and Go bright and early, with smiling faces and hands ready to work!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kent Couch and the Couch Balloons team. For more information on the next launch, visit our Iraq 2012 Flight Page

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