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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
Checkout the book "DB COOPER AND THE FBI - A Case Study of America's Only Unsolved Skyjacking" by Bruce A. Smith. It is the most comprehensive study of the major suspects in the DB Cooper case and includes a chapter on Barb/Bobby.