Mac & Mac's Pick: Up, up, and away

By WEEK Producer

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

SKAMANIA COUNTY, WA -- A fellow in Washington state wants to break a flight record.

That guy is Lawnchair Balloon Pilot Joe Barbera...who wants to go further and stay up longer than any other lawnchair balloon pilot.

His team tested balloons Sunday in a flight that launched in Southwest Washington.

The prototype of three balloons was carrying a computer-tracking device designed to give Barbera an idea of what he'll face June 21st when he'll fix more than 40 surplus weather balloons to his chair.

Unfortunately, both of Sunday's tests ended badly.

First, when one balloon popped.

The test gear was found in a clearing.

The second time, the electronic gear stopped working while heading south at 11,000 feet.

Barbera still plans to take off in ten days.