DB Cooper where are you?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by FIMCO-MEISTER, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. My favorite mystery has regained new life. The FBI is once again opening the case. For you under 50 folks this is a great read. Guy jumps out of an airplane with 200,000 and nobody knows who he was or what happened to him.

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/340794_cooper23.html
     
  2. Of course! Who could forget Sasquatch.:hammerhead:
     
  3. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
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    Maybe he laid low for 20 years operating an irrigation company only to sell it and head south for the winter...
     
  4. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
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    or maybe sasquatch got him !!!
     
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    They say they have a DNA sample on his tie...
     
  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    And he looks something like this - or at least he did back in 1971...

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    I like Todd Snider's song about him...

    D.B. Cooper was 43 when we first heard his name
    47 miles away from where he fell down to his fame
    He told me that the hardest part
    Wasn't really jumping out of that plane
    It was spending the night
    Watching those lights
    Shine through the pouring rain

    They had a manhunt that next morning
    Like nothing I had ever seen
    I was only eight years old at the time
    Watching on the TV screen
    They were saying he was never going to make it now
    Now the daylight had set in
    But later that night
    They were shining lights
    Down on the mountain again

    Not far away from the City of Roses
    They all watched those lights up through the rain
    For D.B. Cooper

    Well, the cops blocked off all the exit roads
    And they turned out all of the hounds
    They even dragged the river up a couple of times
    To see if he had drowned
    With all those men working overtime
    They swore they would bring him down
    But a parachute and a few hundred dollars
    Was all that they ever found

    Not far away from the City of Roses
    They all watched those lights up through the rain

    Now, some people say that he died up there
    Somewhere in the rain in the wind
    Other people say that he got away
    But then his girlfriend did him in
    The law men say if he is out there
    Some day they're going to drag him in
    But as for me, I hope they never see
    D.B. Cooper again

    Not far away from the City of Roses
    Lights shine from a house out in the rain
    It was D.B. Cooper
    Drinking champagne
     
  7. zman9119

    zman9119 LawnSite Senior Member
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    FBI sketch of Cooper, with age progression...
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    Looks like a fun way to get out of a commercial flight...

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  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maybe he took the money and started the Shrubbler Company.
     
  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    One thing to remember about how "D B" jumped was he was in a standard envelope halo deployment.
    With the wing flaps and gear down, the turbulent air flow behind the aircraft would actually pull him up and away in effect adding to his glide time.
    The only real problem I see with how he did this was figuring actual canopy emergence with the added weight/drag of a rain soaked canopy - meaning once in free fall he would fall much more quickly than being dry.
    Also, with out a steerable drogue, avoiding trees and/or the river would be extremely problematic.
    I do admire the thought that went into to an event such as this - whoever is "D B" was undoubtedly a smart guy with huge brass cojones.
     

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