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D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?  
User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7705 times:

What has become of the D.B. Cooper 727? I know it flew for Piedmont during the '80s, but nothing more. By chance would it still be flying somewhere in the world?


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7642 times:

It was delivered to Northwest (then Orient) as N467US, then as N838N with Piedmont, then after that it went to Key Air. That's all I know.


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User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 929 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

After Key Air it was scrapped in Mississippi, I believe. Airliners magazine had an article on it a few years ago and they said it had been scrapped in the early 90s and they even showed pictures of the plane in the process of being scrapped. I have the issue somewhere in my house.

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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7591 times:

Boeing 727-051, msn #18803, line number 137, delivered to Northwest (Orient) Airlines on April 22, 1965 as N467US, operated with Piedmont as N838N, last operator Key Airlines (Worldcorp) as N29KA, withdrawn from use and stored at Greenwood (GWO), Mississippi, to be broken up.

All this information is from http://www.jetphotos.net/census - type in the registry of any of the three, and this page will come up showing you this information. Unfortunately, no direct link is available.

I remember the Airliners magazine article as well - I think it has been scrapped at this point. Too bad - it belongs in a museum!!

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User currently offlineQwerty From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 386 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7507 times:

That other crook, Trump, put a new cabin in it.

User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7455 times:

I remember it being pointed out to me at the airport in Greenwood, Mississippi.
It was one of two 727's being stripped on the airfield. At the time it was just a shell and I did not know whether it was D.B.'s 727 or not. Still do not know, but I remember thinking it was a shame.


User currently offlineJetRanger2000 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7412 times:

The D.B. Cooper plane should of been in a museum, not a scrapyard.

User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7258 times:

I miss those Cooper Veins on the 727's ...Little thing that locks the door closed so cant be lowered inflite..Springs open with no airflow...simple fix  Smile

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7410 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7143 times:
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Quoting MD80Nut (Reply 2):
After Key Air it was scrapped in Mississippi, I believe. Airliners magazine had an article on it a few years ago and they said it had been scrapped in the early 90s and they even showed pictures of the plane in the process of being scrapped. I have the issue somewhere in my house.

Yes, it was scrapped in 1992 by The Memphis Group at GWO.



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User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7121 times:

Too bad, it would have been interesting to own the aircraft for my own personal use (if I had the money, which I don't by a long shot). The best part would have been the bragging rights.

User currently offlineSkyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7077 times:

Why would anyone want to keep it in a museum? What on earth would people want to come and see it for? That a thief jumped out of it?


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User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7032 times:

Quoting Skyguy (Reply 10):
Why would anyone want to keep it in a museum? What on earth would people want to come and see it for? That a thief jumped out of it?

D.B. Cooper is one of the biggest aviation mysteries! The only mystery I can think of right now that outclasses Cooper is Amelia Earhart. What makes Cooper such a big mystery is that no one knows who Cooper really was (and if someone does the silence is deafening). I would find it awesome to say, "I own the D.B. Cooper 727!"


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7615 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6908 times:

According to Jet Aircraft Production it was returned to Worldcorp Leasing in Jan 1993 and ferried to Greenwood.

They sold it to the Memphis Group in Oct 1993.


User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6711 times:
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Surprisingly, it's not still in the NW fleet!  Wink


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