Sucked in and Spat out!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by acronym, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. That has to be the cheesiest, crappest, and at the same time most entirely appropriate (for journalists/mass media) headline ever.

    What a bunch of worthless hacks.

    Still, this has to be a record? Of some sort?
    Para gliding from 30,000 ft-by accident!?,,21240332-953,00.html

    I dont understand though, how the drop crew could have missed a weather pattern like that.
  2. Nobody thinks paragliding from 30,000 feet is pretty full on?
  3. This guy was The Greatest ever.

    From The New York Times 3 July 1982
    LONG BEACH, Calif, July 2 (AP) A truck driver with 45 weather balloons rigged to a lawn chair took a 45-minute ride aloft to 16,000 feet today before he got cold, shot some balloons out and crashed into a power line, the police said.

    "I know it sounds strange, but it's true," Lieut. Rod Mickelson said after he stopped laughing. "The guy just filled up the balloons with helium, strapped on a parachute, grabbed a BB gun and took off."

    The man was identified as Larry Walters, 33 years old, of North Hollywood. He was not injured.

    The Federal Aviation Administration was not amused.

    Spotted by Airline Pilots
    A regional safety inpector, Neal Savoy, said the flying lawn chair was spotted by Trans World Airlines and Delta Airlines jetliner pilots at 16,000 feet above sea level.
    "We know he broke some part of the Federal Aviation Act, and as soon as we decide which part it is, some type of charge will be filed," Mr. Savoy said. "If he had a pilot's license, we'd suspend that. But he doesn't."

    The police said Mr. Walters went to a friend's house in San Pedro Thursday night, inflated 45 six-foot weather balloons and attached them to an aluminum lawn chair tethered to the ground.

    This morning, with half a dozen friends holding the tethers, he donned a parachute, strapped himself into the chair and had his friends let him up slowly.

    Minutes later, he was calling for help over his citizens band radio.

    "This guy broke into our channel with a mayday," said Doug Dixon, a member of an Orange County citizens band radio club. "He said he had shot up like an elevator to 16,000 feet and was getting numb before he started shooting out some of the balloons."

    Mr. Walters then lost his pistol overboard, and the chair drifted downward, controlled only by the gallon jugs of water attached to the sides as ballast.

    The ropes became entangled in a power line, briefly blacking out a small area in Long Beach. The chair dangled five feet above the ground, and Mr. Walters was able to get down safely.

    "Since I was 13 years old, I've dreamed of going up into the clear blue sky in a weather balloon," he said. "By the grace of God, I fulfilled my dream. But I wouldn't do this again for anything."