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OfflineAdamist
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Balloon Man
    #3447725 - 12/04/04 11:24 PM (12 years, 3 days ago)



Cluster balloonist John Ninomiya has a Web site archiving his high-flying adventures:

"Five years ago, I decided to fulfill a childhood dream by learning to fly with a cluster of large helium balloons. I have made twenty-three helium cluster balloon flights since that time. All of them have been among my most magical flying experiences... With half a dozen pilots worldwide, cluster ballooning remains something between an extreme sport and a personal eccentricity..."


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Offlinebeejay
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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Adamist]
    #3447737 - 12/04/04 11:28 PM (12 years, 3 days ago)

Thats hillarious shit man :lol:


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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Adamist]
    #3448178 - 12/05/04 01:21 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

what are those weatherballons?
how do you come down? bbgun?


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OfflineHooty
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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Vvellum]
    #3448457 - 12/05/04 02:24 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

Quote:


bbgun?





I thought the same thing...


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InvisibleDNKYD
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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Hooty]
    #3448476 - 12/05/04 02:32 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

Reminds me of one recipient of a Darwin Award Honorable Mention, since he didn't kill himself:

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Larry was a truck driver, but his lifelong dream was to fly. When he graduated from high school, he joined the Air Force in hopes of becoming a pilot. Unfortunately, poor eyesight disqualified him. So when he finally left the service, he had to satisfy himself with watching others fly fighter jets that crisscrossed the skies over his backyard. As he sat there in his lawn chair, he dreamed about the magic of flying.

Then one day, Larry had an idea. He went down to the local Army-Navy surplus store and bought forty-five weather balloons, and several tanks of helium. These were not your brightly colored party balloons, these were heavy-duty spheres measuring more than four feet across when fully inflated. Back in his yard, Larry used straps to attach the balloons to his lawn chair, the kind you might have in your back yard. He anchored the chair to the bumper of his jeep, and and inflated the balloons with helium. Then he packed a few sandwiches and drinks, and a loaded BB gun, figuring he could pop a few balloons when it was time to return to earth. His preparations complete, Larry sat in his chair and cut the anchoring cord.

His plan was to lazily float into the sky, and eventually back to terra firma. But things didn't quite work out that way. When Larry cut the cord, he didn't float lazily up; he shot up as if fired from a cannon! Nor did he go up a couple hundred feet. He climbed and climbed until he finally leveled off at eleven thousand feet! At that height, he could hardly risk deflating any of the balloons, lest he unbalance the load and really experience flying. So he stayed up there, sailing around for fourteen hours, totally at a loss about how to get down.

Eventually, Larry drifted into the approach corridor for Los Angeles International Airport. A Pan Am pilot radioed the tower about passing a guy in a lawn chair at eleven thousand feet, with a gun in his lap... now there's a conversation I would have given anything to have heard! LAX is right on the ocean, and you may know that at nightfall, the winds on the coast begin to change.

So, as dusk fell, Larry began drifting out to sea. At that point, the Navy dispatched a helicopter to rescue him, but the rescue team had a hard time getting to him because the draft from their propeller kept pushing his home made contraption farther and farther away.

Eventually, they were able to hover above him and drop a rescue line, with which they gradually hauled him back to safety. As soon as Larry hit the ground, he was arrested. But as he was led away in handcuffs, a television reporter called out, "Sir, why'd you do it?"

Larry stopped, eyed the man, then replied nonchalantly, "A man can't just sit around!"





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Re: Balloon Man [Re: DNKYD]
    #3448484 - 12/05/04 02:38 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

:lol: funniest thing i've heard in a while, i'm laughing my fuckin ass off


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Re: Balloon Man [Re: DNKYD]
    #3448506 - 12/05/04 02:46 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

What was he charged with?


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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Ravus]
    #3448518 - 12/05/04 02:54 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

omg LMAO


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Offlinefaslimy
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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Jim]
    #3448540 - 12/05/04 03:02 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

OMG

THAT + LSD = :smile:


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InvisibleDNKYD
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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Ravus]
    #3448544 - 12/05/04 03:03 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

Quote:

Ravus said:
What was he charged with?




I believe something along the lines of flying without a pilots license, maybe flying in restricted airspace.


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OfflineShroom_Herder
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Re: Balloon Man [Re: Vvellum]
    #3449124 - 12/05/04 10:11 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

quick get the terrorist with the gun and baloons!!!


Edit: Made it my avatar hope u dont minde


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Re: Balloon Man [Re: DNKYD]
    #3449794 - 12/05/04 01:38 PM (12 years, 3 days ago)

Larry Walters wasnt rescued by a helicopter - he used the bbgun.
http://www.darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid1997-11.html


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