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Lawrence Richard Walters, nicknamed "Lawnchair Larry" or the "Lawn Chair Pilot", (April 19, 1949 – October 6, 1993) was an American former truckdriver who took flight on July 2, 1982 in a homemade aircraft. The device, dubbed Inspiration I, was fashioned out of a patio chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons. He rose to an altitude of 16,000 feet (3 miles or 4,900 meters) and floated from his point of origin in San Pedro, California into controlled airspace near Long Beach airport.
Father de Carli has not been seen since he took off from the town of Parana on Sunday in a contraption made of 1,000 helium balloons and a chair. Rescuers have since found a cluster of multi-coloured balloons floating off the coast of Southern Brazil prompting fears that the priest died out at sea.
Does that count towards a darwin award?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Awards
Quote from: Bored chemist on 19/11/2008 06:54:54Does that count towards a darwin award?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_AwardsNO. I don't think I'm worthy of the Darwin Award. But thank you for the nomination. But let me ask a more personal question. I weigh about 205 lbs. How big would the balloon have to be to lift me about 15 feet off the ground?
Well how much air would I have to displace to allow me to lift?
If your struck by lightning or something similar of that nature, hydrogen can be used.