D. B. Cooper and Flight 305: Reexamining the Hijacking and Disappearance

Robert H. Edwards, PhD

Available November 2021


The "D. B. Cooper" case is the only unsolved act of air piracy in US history. On November 24, 1971, a polite, nondescript, and dark-complexioned man calling himself "Dan Cooper" hijacked Northwest Airlines Flight 305, Boeing 727, between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. At Seattle International Airport, he demanded and received $200,000 and four parachutes, released the passengers, and ordered the crew to take him to Mexico. Somewhere along the way, he jumped. He was never found or identified. Forty-five years later, the FBI gave up the hunt. This book looks at the case from the perspective of a mathematician and pilot. It uses previously unexamined data and original-source documents, combined with the tools of statistics, aeronautics, and meteorology, to show where and how the FBI could resume the search and possibly find out at last who "D. B. Cooper" really was.

Size: 7" x 10" | Over 100 color and b/w photos, maps, graphics | 256 pp
ISBN13: 9780764362569

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Bob Edwards studied mathematics at Cambridge University, and earned his MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. He embarked on a career as an economist and later as a contractor in economic, demographic and market research. He has owned and managed his own research firm since 1990. He has lived, worked or studied in Canada, England, Malaysia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. He holds a private pilot’s license and has experience in parachuting. He survived spin training, engine failure, forced landing, a hang-glider crash, and a tangle with the shroud lines. Now that he is older but not wiser, he does more dangerous things, such as writing this book, and acting for film and television under the screen name Robert Isaac Harker