Welcome to Sluggo’s “NW 305 Hijacking Research Web Site”. Look around, stay awhile and come back to visit often.
This site is designed for the serious researcher of the NW
Airlines Flight 305 , the only
unsolved domestic (
It is the stated purpose of this web site to “set the record straight” and publish the known facts about the case. In many cases, Sluggo will discuss the popular myths, but they will be identified clearly as such.
I have been interested in the Flt. 305 hijacking since just a few years after it occurred (approximately 1974 or 1975). In the early years after the hijacking, the only sources of information (mostly the print media) were already publishing half-truths and mangled facts. Finding quality information was very difficult. At that time, the FBI (the lead agency for the investigation) was not releasing very much information to the public. Since then (beginning in November of 2007) thehas started releasing more and more information and revealing some of the data gained from their investigation. The only problem is the new data is being applied to the myths rather than the facts. It is my desire to build a “one-stop shopping” site to be used by anyone who wants to know more about the facts in the case. If you wish to contact me you may e-mail me at .
Additional discussions about this crime can be found at the “” (registration is required), there are also some large data files and high resolution maps of the jump area in the image and files sections of that group. Hop over there and take a look!
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Some of my other interests are: Geocaching, NASCAR racing, Amateur Radio, Music (I play trombone), Flying (I am a Private Pilot), hiking, and watching my grandson grow. I am married (my wife is “Sugar”), 60 years old, and getting crabby in my old age. I occasionally work as a consultant to the Nuclear Power industry, and Department of Energy.
You will not find
conspiracy theories on this website. If you want to read about how the FBI
arranged for Cooper to do the skyjacking, and get away with the money as
payment for assassinating
the afternoon of November 24, 1971 a non-descript man calling himself Dan
Cooper approached the counter of Northwest
Orient Airlines in Portland,
Oregon. He used cash to buy a one-way ticket on Flight #305,
bound for Seattle, Washington. Thus began one of the
great unsolved mysteries in
Cooper was a quiet man who appeared to be in his mid-forties, wearing a business suit with a black tie and white shirt. He ordered a drink—bourbon and soda—while the flight was waiting to take off. A short time after 3:00 p.m., he handed the stewardess a note indicating that he had a bomb in his briefcase and wanted her to sit next to him.
The stunned stewardess did as she was told. Opening a cheap attaché case, Cooper showed her a glimpse of a mass of wires and red colored sticks and demanded that she write down what he told her. Soon, she was walking a note to the captain of the plane that demanded four parachutes and $200,000.
When the flight landed in
The FBI learned of the crime in flight and immediately opened an extensive investigation that lasted many years. Calling it NORJAK, for “Northwest hijacking”, they interviewed hundreds of people, tracked leads across the nation, and scoured the aircraft for evidence. By the fifth anniversary of the hijacking, they had considered more than 800 suspects and eliminated all but two dozen from consideration.
One person left on the FBI’s list, Richard Floyd McCoy is still a favorite suspect among many. They tracked down and arrested McCoy for a similar airplane hijacking and escape by parachute, less than five months after Cooper’s flight. But McCoy was later ruled out because he didn’t match the nearly identical physical descriptions of Cooper provided by two flight attendants and for other reasons.
Perhaps Cooper didn’t survive his jump from the plane. After all, the parachute he used couldn’t be steered, his clothing and footwear were unsuitable for a rough landing, and he had jumped into a wooded area at night, a dangerous proposition for a seasoned pro, which evidence suggests Cooper was not. This theory was given an added boost in 1980 when a young boy found three rotting bundles of $20 bills ($5,800 in all) that matched the ransom money serial numbers.
Where did “D.B.” come from? It was apparently a myth created by the press. The FBI did question a man with the initials “D. B.” but he wasn’t the hijacker.
The daring hijack and disappearance remain an intriguing mystery—for law enforcement and amateur sleuths alike.
(Search word “D B Cooper”)
(Search word “D B Cooper”)
Note: Some portions of the above articles and forums are part of the mythology rather than the facts.
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This page was last revised: March 13, 2009.