November 18, 2011 by John Chilson
As a kid in the 70s, there were many news items, mysteries and legends that always intrigued me: spectacular plane crashes, the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs, Hal Lindsey, Bigfoot and, of course, D.B. Cooper.
The mild-mannered Cooper (Dan Cooper, according to a possible alias on a flight ticket), hijacked a Portland-to-Seattle flight in 1971 almost to the date (November 24), extorted cash, then promptly jumped out of the airplane in a parachute, never to be found again.
Though bundled money was found in the 80s near Vancouver, Wash., Cooper or his remains (if he did indeed not make his own successful landing with a parachute) have never been found.
If you’re interested in learning more about the hijacking incident, the man himself, aviation history and Portland’s involvement in it all, attend this Sunday’s D.B. Cooper Night, produced by Kick Ass Oregon History.
The event will be held at Mississippi Studios (3939 N. Mississippi, Portland, OR) on Sunday November 20th at 7:30pm.
DB Cooper Night will (honor? celebrate? recognize? condemn?) and note the 40th anniversary of the only unsolved skyjacking in United States Aviation History. Music, drink specials, giveaways and good times in honor of a Portland legend. Sounds like good times.