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DB Cooper / Re: The Cooper Vortex Podcast
« Last post by Bruce A. Smith on October 20, 2019, 05:37:10 AM »
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Our latest episode is out now!

DB Cooper was a Railroader with the anonymous Army analyst that uncovered William J Smith.

Its a great episode, I know you guys will enjoy it.

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Check it out!

This researcher has been in contact with me from time to time. I consider his theories to be sound and thoughtful. However, the research is a bit thin in places, but overall, the fellow Darren interviews is a decent guy.

I'll be listening, too!
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DB Cooper / Re: The Cooper Vortex Podcast
« Last post by Bruce A. Smith on October 20, 2019, 05:34:05 AM »
More kudos to Darren.

I just received my copy of Nat Loufoque's book on E Howard Hunt, titled: DB Cooper - Examined, Identified, and Exposed.

Darren's podcast with Nat is informative and intriguing, whereas Nat's book is a Hot Mess. It's barely readable, literally. The margins are WAY TOO narrow, and every page is a nightmare to read. Worse, most of the chapters are fillers. Worst, Nat opts to add his own speculative notions to what DB Cooper was thinking, feeling etc. Nat even says that while waiting for Flight 305 to board DB Cooper itched with pain due to an ulcer.

Nat, YOUGOTTABEKIDDINGME. C'mon, man. Next time you wanna write about DB Cooper, why don't you talk to some of us who have been reading, writing, and researching this fellow for awhile and have an advanced, considered view on who the guy really was.

One more thing. If you're gonna use my writing on Cooper in your book, please ask me for permission - or at least give me a heads-up. Thanks. Seeing my stuff in someone else's book without direct accreditation makes me cranky...
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by Bruce A. Smith on October 20, 2019, 05:17:43 AM »
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And someone should speak briefly about Himmelsbach. I am glad that I was able to speak with him personally. Jerry paved the way for that conversation and his vouching for me was a huge help in getting Ralph to open up.  I wish Jerry would attend Coopercon. He'd be the ideal person to speak about Himmelsbach who was a close friend.

I'd love to debate Jerry on the survivability of the jump. He has very solid military credentials in the area of jumping and survival, but I flat out disagree with his conclusion that Cooper almost certainly died on the jump. We had really cordial and mutually respectful private dialogue at the original Portland Symposium.

I sure wish Georger would come and speak. We need some new blood.

377

I concur. Eric is aware of our interest and sentiments.
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by Bruce A. Smith on October 20, 2019, 05:16:33 AM »
BTW. If anyone wants to scour the landscape and locals looking for the Amboy chute, we can pass by Nick's Tavern in Amboy, and you can investigate among the pool hustlers and barflies... I'll show where it is, but I ain't stopping. Not this time.
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by Bruce A. Smith on October 20, 2019, 05:10:40 AM »
Update of Cooper Con 2019 Road Tour


The tour will last 3-4 hours. We will start in Vancouver at a site to be determined the day before - Saturday, after the presentations. I'll call for a meeting of all interested parties, pass out maps, and see what kinds of logistics we might need. Probably meet on Sunday at my motel room parking lot, noon-ish. Maybe have breakfast with me, too, or at least watch me drink my morning coffee. Then we motor down SR 500 to SR 503 at Orchards. I will scout-out a Starbucks there, or closer to Hochinson, as our first stop (bathrooms, too!). There we'll discuss the FBI Flight Path and its revision in 1975 and why they thought they needed to move the jump spot from Battleground to Orchards, WA, thus putting the LZ at Hochinson instead of Amboy.

Regardless, we'll motor up SR 503 to Amboy and do two things. One is explore the Cedar Creek Rd area where the first ground search began. Secondly, we'll go to Bernice's which isn't too far away. We'll probably spend 30 minutes or so with Bernice. It's also the spot where at least one docu was filmed - the Mission Declassified episode on DBC. We'll also hear from Bernice about the FBI search of her property and all the surrounding homes and buildings. That search was quite extensive, and seems to have lasted a week or so.

Then, depending on the mood of everyone, we can motor off to Ariel and see the Tavern, the Merwin Dam, and the encampment ground for the 1972 ground search (more bathrooms!). It takes a good 20-30 minuets to get from Amboy to Ariel, even though it's only across the Lewis River.

After that, it's din-din at La Casa Tapatia in Woodland, which is the best Mexican food around. Woodland is also the home of Darren Schaefer and the former site of the FBI's HQ for its initial searches in November 1971. It's my understanding that Darren will be with us, so he might be able to provide more local color.
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by georger on October 19, 2019, 02:13:37 PM »
Dropzone.com is DOWN for everyone.
It is not just you. The server is not responding...         :conspiracy:
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DB Cooper / Re: The Cooper Vortex Podcast
« Last post by Parrotheadvol on October 18, 2019, 08:18:46 AM »
I'll give it listen on my trip to Ohio next week.
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DB Cooper / Re: The Cooper Vortex Podcast
« Last post by Darren on October 16, 2019, 09:01:40 PM »
Our latest episode is out now!

DB Cooper was a Railroader with the anonymous Army analyst that uncovered William J Smith.

Its a great episode, I know you guys will enjoy it.

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Check it out!
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by Robert99 on October 16, 2019, 07:26:19 PM »
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If Ballard finds her plane it will be as big as the Titanic find. I sure hope he succeeds.

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Skydiving next Saturday over Byron CA. Radio jumps and fun jumps. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Turning 70 soon. So happy to still be an active skydiver.

377

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She thinks Ballard will not find anything ...  guess we will know more on Oct 20th.

Actually, they did find something.  Quoting from the NY Times article I referred to yesterday:

"It [Ballard's team] found debris from an old shipwreck.  It even spotted a soda can.  What it did not find was a single piece of the Lockheed Electra airplane flown in 1937 by Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, which vanished during their doomed voyage around the world."

That is no surprise since there is absolutely nothing to suggest that Earhart ever headed to Gardner Island or, for that matter, that she had even heard of the island.  Perhaps Ballard will have better luck in 2021 when he searches the Howland Island area.  At least Earhart was trying to get to Howland. 

The shipwreck mentioned happened a few years before the Earhart flight when a ship nailed Gardner Island head on in the middle of the night while going at full speed.  A number of people were killed in that accident.  The South Pacific was not well mapped in the 1930s.  Shoals came and went and some islands (including Howland) were not correctly plotted.  So ships in that area usually stopped during the night and just drifted until daylight.

It will be interesting to see what Ballard has to say in the program this Sunday evening.

The Smithsonian article I posted (twice) says it all, I think. Ballard may be looking in the wrong place according to the Smithsonian people. No solid reason to believe Earhart made it to Nick' island, especially with the gas issue she reported clear back at Howland. These 57 socalled radio transmissions TIGHAR claims are questionable. Anyone have a time viewer they can bring to this search?  ;)  If dolphins and whales could only talk!

You might check with Bruce about the "time viewer", but I have a copy of the appropriate logs and just about every book of any consequence related to the last flight.
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by georger on October 16, 2019, 06:08:43 PM »
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If Ballard finds her plane it will be as big as the Titanic find. I sure hope he succeeds.

Has anyone seen this? You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Skydiving next Saturday over Byron CA. Radio jumps and fun jumps. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Turning 70 soon. So happy to still be an active skydiver.

377

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She thinks Ballard will not find anything ...  guess we will know more on Oct 20th.

Actually, they did find something.  Quoting from the NY Times article I referred to yesterday:

"It [Ballard's team] found debris from an old shipwreck.  It even spotted a soda can.  What it did not find was a single piece of the Lockheed Electra airplane flown in 1937 by Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, which vanished during their doomed voyage around the world."

That is no surprise since there is absolutely nothing to suggest that Earhart ever headed to Gardner Island or, for that matter, that she had even heard of the island.  Perhaps Ballard will have better luck in 2021 when he searches the Howland Island area.  At least Earhart was trying to get to Howland. 

The shipwreck mentioned happened a few years before the Earhart flight when a ship nailed Gardner Island head on in the middle of the night while going at full speed.  A number of people were killed in that accident.  The South Pacific was not well mapped in the 1930s.  Shoals came and went and some islands (including Howland) were not correctly plotted.  So ships in that area usually stopped during the night and just drifted until daylight.

It will be interesting to see what Ballard has to say in the program this Sunday evening.

The Smithsonian article I posted (twice) says it all, I think. Ballard may be looking in the wrong place according to the Smithsonian people. No solid reason to believe Earhart made it to Nick' island, especially with the gas issue she reported clear back at Howland. These 57 socalled radio transmissions TIGHAR claims are questionable. Anyone have a time viewer they can bring to this search?  ;)  If dolphins and whales could only talk!
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