Long before Patrick Swayze made it cool to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a bag o’ cash strapped to your chest, another extreme skydiver made the leap. For those of you not familiar with the story, Dan Cooper, aka D.B. Cooper, hijacked a 727 in November of 1971 and demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes. After receiving his demands he ordered the crew to fly the jet from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reno. He then opened the loading dock on the plane and JUMPED into the cold November night somewhere over Washington State near the Oregon border. He was subsequently not seen again and his fate remains unknown. He’s actually developed into something of a folk hero over the years – several communities in Washington State hold “D.B. Cooper Nights” at neighbourhood taverns, and many a pint has been been shared over the strange man – who captured the imagination of a nation and who ultimately never hurt anyone – in the hope that maybe he made it somewhere warm and tropical and he’s been living the good life ever since. Is this likely? Probably not. I certainly don’t condone hijacking airplanes, but you gotta admit, a man who jumps from a commercial jet over some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, long before the advent of GPS and modern-day survival suits, has cojones. This post is for D.B. Cooper, a true bad boy.
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About the Author: Steve Hutchings
Steve Hutchings is an extreme sports blogger and adventure traveller with too much time on his hands. He loves shark diving and EDM/trance music. Also, he checks the stock market every 15 minutes.