Another Flying Chair

CEF English language level: B2

In 1982 Larry Walters made his famous 'lawn chair flight'. 25 years later a man from Oregon tried to do it again.

Watch this film and answer the questions below
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True or False?

True or false?

1. Kent Couch is 38.

2. He is now a celebrity

3. He owns a petrol/gas station.

4. He is from Oregon, near the USA

5. He flew for more than nine hours.

6. He took off in the early evening.

7. There were more than 150 small balloons on board.

8. He used a gun to shoot the balloons

9. He landed in the American countryside

10. People were less friendly to him on this flight.

11. They asked him to leave their property,

12. This was Kent's thirteenth balloon flight

13. He shot too many balloons on his previous flight

14. He will do another balloon flight soon

Answers

1. Kent Couch is 38. False. He's 48.

2. He is now a celebrity
True - 'a floating celebrity'

3. He owns a petrol/gas station.
True

4. He is from Oregon, near the USA
False. Oregon is a state in the USA

5. He flew for more than nine hours.
True

6. He took off in the early evening.
False. In the early morning ('dawn')

7. There were more than 150 small balloons on board.
False - 'giant' balloons

8. He used a gun to shoot the balloons
True

9. He landed in the American countryside
True - 'rural Idaho'

10. People were less friendly to him on this flight.
False - they were hostile after the previous flight

11. They asked him to leave their property
False - on the previous flight

12. This was Kent's thirteenth balloon flight
False - his third

13. He shot too many balloons on his previous flight
True - this is why he parachuted out

14. He will do another balloon flight soon
False - this is not known


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First published in
Ming Pao Daily. Illustrations by MPD illustrator Iris Tsoi.