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D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:37 am

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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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:21 am

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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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:40 am

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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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:47 am

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Airlines on April 22, 1965 as N467US, operated with Piedmont as N838N, last operator Key Airlines (Worldcorp) as N29KA, withdrawn from use and stored at Greenwood (GWO), Mississippi, to be broken up.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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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:28 am

That other crook, Trump, put a new cabin in it.
 
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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:54 am

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.
 
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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:11 am

The D.B. Cooper plane should of been in a museum, not a scrapyard.
 
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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:06 am

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
 
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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 12:37 pm

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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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 12:49 pm

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.
 
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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:31 pm

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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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 2:20 pm

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!"
 
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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:51 am

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.
 
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RE: D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It?

Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:36 pm

Surprisingly, it's not still in the NW fleet!  Wink
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