Pat Shingleton: "D.B. Cooper and Fronts..."
Today is the busiest travel day of the year. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, travelers were inconvenienced by the actions of one passenger. Over the Pacific Northwest, D.B. Cooper opened the aft door of a Northwest Airlines Jet and jumped into a sky filled with cold, wind-blown, freezing rain. Earlier in the evening he handed flight attendant Flo Schaffner a hijacking note, opened a brief case to reveal a battery and wired red tubes. He demanded four parachutes and $200,000 in twenty dollar bills to be delivered upon landing in Seattle. All passengers were released, the plane refueled and took off under his orders that the cabin not be pressurized. On Thanksgiving Day, 1971, the rugged Washington State forest was extensively searched and Cooper was never found. It is frontal passage season, especially for the southern states. The preliminary forecast for Dallas and Fort Worth on November 22nd, 1963 called for cooler weather affording the First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, the opportunity of wearing a Chanel wool suit - a suit that she wore until the early hours of November 23rd. The 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential limousine was flown from Washington D.C. to Texas, the day before. A fast moving front, similar to the front that slipped through our area last Friday, caused a few showers early in the morning and skies were clear for the rest of the day. History notes that because of favorable weather, and the President’s preference, the plastic bubble top was removed and the bullet-proof side windows were rolled down.