Saturday, August 25, 2012

Largest Iraqi flag flies over US

Iraqi adventurist Fareed Lafta, a pilot, skydiver, former weightlifting champion, and Iraq's only qualified cosmonaut, broke a Guinness record for largest flag flown while skydiving when he flew the Iraqi flag while parachuting over the Skydive Chicago facility in Ottawa, Illinois, a few days ago. Before that he flew in a lawn chair suspended by helium-filled party balloons over central Oregon, USA just last month.
Lafta, born in 1978, was part of the team that did the first ever Mt. Everest skydive in 2008 and he hopes to represent Iraq in space one day.


Marcus said...

"Before that he flew in a lawn chair suspended by helium-filled party balloons over central Oregon, USA just last month."

What a nice cartoonish sight that must've been. Any pictures of that?

Zeyad said...

Found one here.

Marcus said...

Thanks Zeyad! That looks really cool.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Now that's cool.

Chair balloonists come down in Ore.
BEND, Ore. - A gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer trying to fly from Oregon to Montana in tandem lawn chairs suspended from party balloons made a hard landing Saturday after aborting their flight because of thunderstorms, but their craft kept flying.
Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta were about seven hours into their flight when they came down near Post, about 30 miles east of their starting point. After they scrambled from the contraption, it floated away, organizer Mark Knowles said.

Knowles said the balloonists were pelted by hail and snow and buffeted by turbulence before reaching the ground but were not injured.

"Everybody is walking around," he said - AP
from Zeyad's link.

I've been up in a hot air balloon, which is an amazing experience. The first thing I noticed was the quiet and then the stillness. There's no wind because you are part of it, floating along, and sound from the ground carries clearly. It's very peaceful. The landing can be a little dicey. We actually ended up taking a longer flight than planned because the wind carried us farther than expected. For the landing the pilot had arranged us all on one side to try to offset the tilt of the basket as it dragged on the ground. I won't say we crashed, but it was a bit bumpy on impact. :) Still, I would recommend trying it at least once.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...
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Marcus said...

That' why you fly with party balloons. No burner. And sitting in a lawn chair is even more peaceful than in a basket.

Nah, I wouldn't know. I've never neen up in a hot air balloon myself. But I'd like to try it.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

[Lee] Except for that roaring noise whenever they fire the burner, which is often.

I guess it would depend on when they need lift. But even with that I remember it as far more quiet than riding in a small plane. At least you don't have the constant engine hum. Of course, with a balloon you are kind of at the mercy of the wind as to where you will end up, which is what happened with us. We ended up in Wisconsin. :)

[Marcus] But I'd like to try it.

Do. It's one of those things I would do again. It makes you see the world just a little differently. :)

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