PORTLAND, Ore. -- The passenger aboard the Northwest Orient flight from Portland to Seattle on Thanksgiving Eve 1971 wore sunglasses, a suit and a polyester black clip-on tie. He politely asked for a bourbon and 7-Up. Then, he handed the flight attendant a note declaring he had a bomb and demanding a $200,000 ransom.
Was this the beginning of a deeply flawed hijacking plan that would end with a suicidal nighttime parachute jump from the Boeing 727 jet by the man who would become known to the world as D.B. Cooper?