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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by Dfs346 on October 18, 2021, 01:41:04 PM »
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by JAG on October 18, 2021, 10:55:23 AM »
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I do think Cooper intended to jump shortly after takeoff. Can you imagine his anxiety as that opportunity quickly passed? Everything was changing and his control of the situation was vanishing.

I prefer leisurely flights when I jump. I miss the slow rides up in DC 3s and heavily loaded Twin Beeches. I occasionally slumbered during the long rides. Once, at the World Free Fall Convention I dozed off in a slow climbing DC 3. Half an hour later, as we turned onto jump run, I was jolted awake by a gorgeous Japanese women jumper giving me a wet kiss and yelling “my husband is coming, you have to leave right now”. Laughter erupted as I bolted upright and stumbled towards the door. For the rest of the week jumpers would shout “my husband is coming” when they saw me. Embarrassing.

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That's hilarious !  I tell ya, I am THE biggest coward when it comes to flying, heights, roller coasters...you name it.  I have often thought that there may not be a dollar amount that could get me to jump.  Now, a big wet kiss from a beautiful woman.....hmmm...
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by 377 on October 18, 2021, 08:32:49 AM »
I do think Cooper intended to jump shortly after takeoff. Can you imagine his anxiety as that opportunity quickly passed? Everything was changing and his control of the situation was vanishing.

I prefer leisurely flights when I jump. I miss the slow rides up in DC 3s and heavily loaded Twin Beeches. I occasionally slumbered during the long rides. Once, at the World Free Fall Convention I dozed off in a slow climbing DC 3. Half an hour later, as we turned onto jump run, I was jolted awake by a gorgeous Japanese women jumper giving me a wet kiss and yelling “my husband is coming, you have to leave right now”. Laughter erupted as I bolted upright and stumbled towards the door. For the rest of the week jumpers would shout “my husband is coming” when they saw me. Embarrassing.

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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by 377 on October 18, 2021, 04:57:21 AM »
Made some radio jumps last Saturday taking different payloads on each jump. Note the leg pouch and other asymmetrical attached gear. On radio jumps I usually open my canopy right after clearing the plane to give maximum hang time for working ham radio contacts. Yesterday I decided to extend my freefall time to further examine the effects of asymmetrical air loads on jumper stability. As I approached terminal velocity the leg pouch exerted very noticeable roll and yaw forces that I had to counter to remain stable. At night with no clear horizon reference I think a tumble would have occurred. I still think Cooper’s best bet would have been to go down the stairs backwards and pull. He’d get an open canopy in a few seconds. No worries about freefall stability. If you look closely at the open canopy photo you can see my long wire trailing HF antenna streaming behind me.
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by georger on October 18, 2021, 02:01:18 AM »
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7:42 HJ advised (by inter-phone) he was having difficulty getting steps down...

Thats right - so much for my memory!
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by Robert99 on October 18, 2021, 12:44:41 AM »
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7:42 HJ advised (by inter-phone) he was having difficulty getting steps down...

True.  Apparently the only way that Cooper could talk directly to the cockpit was by means of the Interphone.  But since he probably wasn't close to the Interphone all the time, the crew probably used the public address system to get his attention.
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by Shutter on October 17, 2021, 11:44:32 PM »
7:42 HJ advised (by inter-phone) he was having difficulty getting steps down...
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by Shutter on October 17, 2021, 11:39:14 PM »
After Tina was sent to the cockpit they spoke with Cooper. it's in the transcripts..
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by georger on October 17, 2021, 11:29:23 PM »
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If not mistaken, Cooper used the interphone at the start of the flight, then used the PA at 8:05..

I think Cooper used the Interphone at 8:05 also.  But the cockpit crew apparently used the PA when they tried to contact him at that time.

The interphone was the cockpit's only means of contact with the back. Flo called first to report a hijacking, then Tina took over as the intermediary btwn Cooper and the pilots. The only time Cooper got on the interphone personally was at 8:05 to say: everything's ok.

Page 108 does not say Cooper personally talked to the cockpit much less Northwest Control Center. All 108 says is there were communications between these three entities, as a general fact ... and there is a printout of those communications. Maybe its the PI Transcript being referred to ? That would make sense.  In 1977 few people had the PI Transcript and it would have been considered a confidential document... that transcript wasnt released to the public until around 2000-2002 ?
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DB Cooper / Re: Clues, Documents And Evidence About The Case
« Last post by Robert99 on October 17, 2021, 05:33:22 PM »
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If not mistaken, Cooper used the interphone at the start of the flight, then used the PA at 8:05..

I think Cooper used the Interphone at 8:05 also.  But the cockpit crew apparently used the PA when they tried to contact him at that time.
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