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D.B. Cooper Exhibit To Open At Washington State History Museum

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This undated artist's sketch provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows a rendering of the skyjacker known as 'Dan Cooper' and 'D.B. Cooper', from the recollections of passengers and crew of a Northwest Orient Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle, Nov. 24, 1971, Thanksgiving eve. This past year has been for students of D.B. Cooper, the mysterious skyjacker who vanished out the back of a Boeing 727 wearing a business suit, a parachute and a pack with $200,000 in ransom | AP

LONGVIEW, Wash. -- The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma plans to open an exhibit in August of next year on the D.B. Cooper skyjacking mystery.

A man identifying himself as Dan Cooper hijacked a Portland to Seattle flight in November 1971. He picked up $200,000 in ransom money in Seattle and took off for Mexico, then parachuted somewhere over southwest Washington. The skyjacking remains unsolved, but some of the marked $20 bills he was given were found in 1980 along the Columbia River.

The exhibit will include some of the money. It also will illustrate features of an old Boeing 727 that have been changed in modern planes to prevent skyjackings.

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