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He has been called a Northwest folk hero", "Jesse James," and "Billy the Kid". But until now he hasn't been called a she. Contrary to popular belief, D B Cooper not only survived the infamous hijacking on Novermber 24, 1971. He also committed the high flying caper as a woman. Cooper's real name was first Bobby, then Barb Dayton. "Cooper" had gender reassignment surgery in December, 1969. In 1971, she pulled her buccaneering swipe dressed as a man and walked away as a woman. Bobby/Barb lived to the age of 76 and died of natural causes on February 20, 2002.
In 1979, Barb described to the authors in great detail how she jumped from the famed 727. She told them she used real dynamite, quipping "I don't do anything phony." . Barb said she jury-rigged the detonator out of a staple remover with wires soldered to it. There were other outrageous tales, as well. Boar hunting, riding with Hell's Angels, sky diving, gold mining, and surviving the Yukon Territory for eight days without food.
After Barb's death, the Formans began the fascinating journey of piecing together their dear friend's story and verifying her larger than life yarns. This book takes the reader on the rollicking journey and allows you to decide. Do you think Barb Dayton Was D B Cooper?
Tammy Forman Oughton
February 22 and 23, 2014, Puyallup Fairgrounds
Ron and Pat will be signing books at the Spencer's Booth at the annual Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show. Will update with times when they are finalyzed.
February 15, 2014
A new Blog site has been set up for the exchange of new information and research on the D B Cooper case. Click here to check it out.
On November 30, 2013, the annual D B Cooper Symposium will be held at the Washington State Historical Museum. After the Symposium, we and a group of D B Cooper enthusiasts will be heading to Ariel, Washington for the yearly Cooper celebration at the Ariel Store.
The Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma, Washington is hosting a D B Cooper exhibit. The grand opening was August 24, 2013. Our book is being sold in the museum gift shop. The exhibit will run through January 5, 2014.
We have been invited to do a book signing and presentation at the WAAAM fly-in in Hood River, Oregon on September 7, 2013. The book signing is scheduled for 2:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information click here.
We are expecting the return of an independent movie producer from England who is doing a documentary on the hunt for D B Cooper. He will be returning with a small film crew. We have already been interviewed twice and he finds Barb's story fascinating.