Skyjacker '71: the D.B. Cooper Transmissions

Skyjacker '71: D.B. Cooper

Skyjacker '71: The D.B. Cooper Transmissions
21 November 2018

In 1971, on Thanksgiving Eve, somewhere over Southwest Washington, D.B. Cooper parachuted with $200,000 tied to his body from the rear of a passenger jet airplane he had hijacked. Years later, a small amount of the money was found. Cooper, and the rest of the money, never were.

Today, Cooper's legendary status in Southwestern Washington has broad reach. His hijacking of Flight 305, enroute from Portland to Seattle, is the only unsolved air piracy case in America. His exploit is celebrated in movies, television, song, and now, for the first time radio. Neither endorsing or condemning Cooper, we explored the many communications between multiple agencies and individuals as they attempted to resolve a tense situation, keep citizens safe and informed, and uphold the law.

Written by Dan Wyatt, Jr., owner and general manager of Kiggins Theatre, and realized by local actors and sound artists, Skyjacker '71: The D.B. Cooper Transmissions is based on research, interviews, creativity, and historical imagination. The authenticity of the facts revealed and the event portrayed in our look at Cooper's exploit was verified by a former FBI clerk with connections to the Cooper case.

Live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Streamed live on KXRW-FM, Vancouver's community radio.

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Press & Feedback

Hewitt, Scott. "Riddle on the Radio." The Columbian, 17 Nov. 2018, pp. D1, D2.

Hewitt, Scott. Unsolved mystery of D.B. Cooper comes to the Kiggins stage. The Columbian, 17 Nov. 2018.

Vondersmith, Jason. D.B. Cooper Radio. Bits & Pieces. Portland Tribune, 20 Nov. 2018.