Ore. man delays Iraq lawn-chair balloon flight

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawn-chair balloonist Kent Couch has put off a flight in Iraq until next year.

Couch made headlines worldwide in 2008 when he flew a lawn chair supported by more than 150 helium-filled party balloons from the parking lot of the gas station he owns in Bend to an Idaho field 235 miles east.

He had planned another balloon flight Tuesday in Baghdad along with Iraqi daredevil Fareed Lafta.

But a statement from spokesman Mark Knowles said Monday that the two have delayed the flight until March to accommodate a number of groups that want to use it to raise awareness of the plight of Iraqi orphans.