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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。

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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.

七月初,肯特.考區拿了些點心與一只降落傘。他坐在草坪椅上,椅子繫著一百零五顆灌滿氦氣的大氣球。

考區運用一只儀器來分辨自己飛得多高。他有四個裝滿水的袋子,想昇高就把水放掉。藉由這些配備,考區飛入了奧勒岡州高空。

大約九個小時後,四十七歲的考區在一個農地降落。他已離家三百一十公里左右。

考區說︰「當你還是孩子時,手裡拿著一個氦氣球,就會萌生這種念頭。」

他說自己聽見母牛與孩子的聲音,甚至還穿越了幾朵白雲。

他對KTVZ電視台說︰「實在美極了。」

考區用完了三點七公升的水,就停止旅程。

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)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. parachute n.

降落傘 (jiang4 luo4 san3)

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

(駕駛員登機時,準備好自己的降落傘。)

2. lawn chair n.

草坪椅 (cao2 ping2 yi3)

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

(我爸爸每週六都會坐在草坪椅上喝汽水。)

3. helium n.

氦氣 (hai4 qi4)

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

(莎莉吸了些氦氣,開始用好笑的聲音說話。)


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