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An unusual way to fly 創意飛行

Staff writer with AP

Kent Couch flies near Bend, Oregon, USA, July 7, 2007. 七月七日,肯特.考區飛到了鄰近美國奧勒岡州班德市的高空。


In the beginning of July, Kent Couch got some snacks and a parachute. He sat down in his lawn chair. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.

Couch used an instrument to tell him how high he was. He had four bags full of water. He could release the water to rise. With these things, Couch headed into the Oregon sky.

Nearly nine hours later, the 47-year-old landed in a farmer's field. He was about 310 kilometers from home.

"When you're a little kid and you're holding a helium balloon, it has to cross your mind,'' Couch said.

Couch said he could hear cows and children. He even passed through clouds.

"It was beautiful,'' he told KTVZ-TV.

Couch stopped when he was down to 3.7 liters of water.

He popped enough balloons to land. When he jumped out, the wind grabbed the remaining balloons. His video recorder and chair flew away.








為了降落,他戳破了好幾個氣球。當他跳出來時,風捲走了剩下的氣球,他的攝影機與草坪椅也隨風飛逝了。 (翻譯︰賴美君)


1. parachute n.

降落傘 (jiang4 luo4 san3)

例: The pilot got his parachute ready before he got in the plane.


2. lawn chair n.

草坪椅 (cao2 ping2 yi3)

例: My dad drinks soda and sits in his lawn chair every Saturday.


3. helium n.

氦氣 (hai4 qi4)

例: Sally breathed in helium then started to talk with a funny voice.


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