Do You Want to Soar? (1 of 6) by Jeff Schreve
This content is part of a series.Do You Want to Soar? (1 of 6)
Series: Attitude for Altitude
Pastor Jeff Schreve
His name was Larry Walters. He was an unknown guy, a truck driver in California - just obscure; not that many friends; wouldn't have been somebody that anyone would have known until July 2, 1982.
On July 2, 1982, Larry Walters did something that was unheard of. He had gone previously to the army surplus store. He had purchased 45 weather balloons. And he had gone to a party store and he had gotten some tanks of helium. And he took that to his house and he filled up the weather balloons with helium and he tied them to a lawn chair. He had his lawn chair anchored, tied to his truck to anchor it. And he put on a parachute. And he got a cooler and he put a six pack of beer in there, along with some sandwiches. And he got a pellet gun. And he thought to himself, You know, I've always wanted to fly. And I'm going to just have a little time up in the air here. And he thought You know I have enough to probably get up 30, 40, 50 feet or so. And I'll just kind of hover for a while and then I'll shoot the balloons when I want to get down. He also had a camera so he could take some shots. And so he was all set up. And the balloons were ready. And he untethered his rope from his truck. And he went up 30 feet, 40 feet, 50 feet, 100 feet, 1,000 feet, 15,000 feet in the air. Just shot up like a cannon! Wow! He was scared to death. He started to shoot some of the balloons, but then he got unstable and he thought, I'd better not do that. And then he was really freaked out 15,000 feet in the air. A Delta Airline pilot radioed in and said, "There is a guy up here in a lawn chair and he has a gun."
Larry Walters was up for hours before they could get him down. He finally came down. He ran into some power lines. He knocked out power in a particular city for hours and hours and hours. They asked him, "Why did you do it?" He said, "Well, a guy can't just sit around all the time." Wh ...
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