D.B. Cooper: Still Missing 40 Years Later


Forty years ago this November, D.B. Cooper hijacked a Northwest Airlines flight enroute from Portland, Oregon to the Seattle – Tacoma, Washington airport.

In January of 1971 All in the Family debuted on the CBS television network. The Colts defeated the Cowboys in Super Bowl V that same month.

That March the Ed Sullivan Show was seen for the last time. Then in April Charles Manson is sentenced to death but his sentence is commuted to life imprisonment in 1972.

Amtrak starts inter-city passenger service on May 1. On August 11 construction is begun on the Superdome in New Orleans.

Walt Disney World opened in Florida on October 1 of 1971. Then on November 24, 1971 D.B. Cooper’s hijacking of a Northwest Orient plane makes the headlines.

Still Missing After All These Years

Only D.B. Cooper knows if he is still alive. He may have succeeded in the only unsolved hijacking in world history, or he may have died the same night he parachuted out of the plane enroute to Seattle-Tacoma airport.

His ticket cost for the approximately 150 mile trip was $18.42 plus tax.

The hijacker was said to have been in his late 40’s which would place him in his late 80’s if he is still alive.

U.S. News Online published this article in 2000 that names Duane Weber as the hijacker and is considered to be the one most closely resembling the D.B. Cooper sketches:


It is almost certain that D.B. Cooper, was not the real name of the hijacker. There are many more questions than answers regarding D.B. Cooper:

Was D.B. Cooper really Duane Weber?

Did he land safely and live under the name Duane Weber or any other name the rest of his life?

Did the hijacker’s parachute fail to open and died upon impact?

What happened to the money given to the hijacker?

Was the hijacker wearing a toupee to change his appearance?

Did the hijacker suffer a lifetime injury from hitting the ground after the jump?

Was the hijacker a professional parachute jumper or was he a novice who knew only the fundamentals of parachuting?

The following Wikipedia article gives much more information assuming it is correct:



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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