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'Lawn Chair Larry' 20 Years Ago  
User currently offlineUALbrat From United States of America, joined May 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

A guy in San Francisco took a brief flight in a lawn chair connected to balloons, as part of a TV stunt to mark the 20th anniversary of "Lawn Chair Larry," who got to 16,000 feet over Southern California. Anybody else remember this stunt?

The S.F. Chronicle has a nice article about it this morning (by one of their more talented writers, Steve Rubenstein.) Enjoy!

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/07/03/BA150175.DTL



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8341 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Haha. He is the perfect example of stupidity and is used so to this day.


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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

Yeah, I think there was a post about this guy awhile back. He apparently planned to shoot a few of the balloons with a gun in order to keep from going too high, but ascended too rapidly, and was too frightened to go through with it. He ended up in the approach pattern for LAX, at about 16,000 feet, and air traffic had to be directed around him. He eventually drifted out to sea, and was rescued by the Coast Guard. He got the Darwin Award because he committed suicide later on...he was too embarrassed to show his face in public.

Viewing the article about the guy in San Francisco, it looks like he decided to tether himself to the ground in order to keep from going too high. Wise decision.  Smile


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Here's a link to a site with the entire thing (flight) on audio from radio transmissions. It's about 18.5 minutes long, and while I haven't checked the website they mention at the begining of the audio, they may have pictures as well.

http://www.markbarry.com/multimedia/audio/lawnchairman.ram Gotta have RealPlayer....


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

Posted the wrong link. This one has everything, including the aforementioned audio file...

http://www.markbarry.com/amazing/lawnchairman.html


User currently offlineWolfpacker From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

hhmmm .. i'm off tomorrow .. wonder where i can find some helium and balloons ..  Wink/being sarcastic



User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

Do you think that the center could have painted Larry and "equipment" on radar (as a primary target only)? Was it a large enough target?

He should have at least taken a good aviation radio with him to contact approach/center  Smile

Picture the conversation:
"And Good Evening Oakland center, November Mary Oscar Romeo Oscar November is type Latex Lawn Chair with you, climbing through ten, one-zero thousand for sixteen, one-six thousand"


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8341 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Moron- haha.. good one Theiler. "Roger Mick Oscar Romeo Oscar November continue climb Flight Level 160 . United 478 caution wake turbulance 5 in trail of a lawn chair- be advised he's friggen nuts."


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8341 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Mike that is.... not mick.


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User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

MIKE!! Mary??!! That's what I get when I confuse a Law Enforcement and Aviation phonetic alphabet!

Mike Oscar Romeo Oscar November
Mary Ocean Robert Ocean Nora

:D


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