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georger:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginEven if this has already been answered I am respectfully asking someone to answer my questions about the flight path. It is indicated that it was tracked and beacon signals were transmitted every minute or whatever the timeframe was. My question is as follows.

If for example flight 305 transmitted a beacon signal at point #1 how far could the plane get if it veered to the west or east and then veer back by the time point 2 beacon signal was transmitted?

I am not saying this actually happened but I want to know how many miles east or west could the plane veer and then veer back by the time the next beacon signal was transmitted?

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Cooperland is not functioning right now - hasnt for some time. No answers possible!

You want light at 2718? Go fix it yourself. Same for medical care . . . . . 

Robert99:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginEven if this has already been answered I am respectfully asking someone to answer my questions about the flight path. It is indicated that it was tracked and beacon signals were transmitted every minute or whatever the timeframe was. My question is as follows.

If for example flight 305 transmitted a beacon signal at point #1 how far could the plane get if it veered to the west or east and then veer back by the time point 2 beacon signal was transmitted?

I am not saying this actually happened but I want to know how many miles east or west could the plane veer and then veer back by the time the next beacon signal was transmitted?

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All airliners and most general aviation aircraft (including my own) were equipped with transponders in the early 1970s.  Do some Goggling if you want to see all the details of how that works.  But basically, the radar's antenna rotated about six times per minute (or every 10 seconds) and when the radar painted an aircraft its transponder was interrogated and a blip for the aircraft showed up on the radar operator's screen.

In most of the flight from Seattle to the Portland area, the airliner's tail was pointed in the general direction of the radar site at McChord AFB just south of Seattle.  The airliner was flying at about three nautical miles per minute in the Portland area and its transponder would be interrogated about every 10 seconds or each half of a nautical mile (roughly 3000 feet) along its flight path.

Any deviation in the flight path would be noted within 10 seconds and would be less than 3000 feet.   

Jack:
Has anyone drawn a path from SeaTac directly to Mexico?
This is to see, not where Cooper jumped, but maybe where his original intention was to jump.
He asked the plane to fly to Mexico and plans were only changed when he was told there wouldn't be enough fuel.
Cooper did not take this fuel information into consideration because he planned on jumping at a certain point not long after take off.

His original mindset and plan seems to have been to jump at a point, not too long after take off that was basically in a direct line from SeaTac to Mexico.

Jack

Chaucer:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginHas anyone drawn a path from SeaTac directly to Mexico?
This is to see, not where Cooper jumped, but maybe where his original intention was to jump.
He asked the plane to fly to Mexico and plans were only changed when he was told there wouldn't be enough fuel.
Cooper did not take this fuel information into consideration because he planned on jumping at a certain point not long after take off.

His original mindset and plan seems to have been to jump at a point, not too long after take off that was basically in a direct line from SeaTac to Mexico.

Jack

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Based on his actions, I think Cooper was looking to jump at the earliest possible opportunity.

He wanted the airstairs down at takeoff.
He immediately put on the chutes and began jury-rigging the shroud lines and money bag.
Within 30 minutes after takeoff, he was testing the stairs.
Within an hour, he had jumped.

I would venture to guess that he gave the pilots Mexico City as a destination just to give the FBI the entire western United States to search.

Chaucer:
The first communication about the aftstairs was at 6:21 which indicated DBC wanted the stairs down after takeoff. It seems that all other evidence points to DBC wanting the stairs deployed at takeoff which caused the pilots great consternation.

Even in her post flight interview, Mucklow says DBC requested the stairs down at takeoff.

Clearly nothing definitive, but I’d say the preponderance of evidence points to DBC wanting them down at takeoff.

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