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D. B. Cooper

1931 - 1971

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D. B. Cooper is a media epithet for an unidentified man who hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305, a Boeing 727 aircraft operated by Northwest Orient Airlines, in United States airspace on November 24, 1971. During the flight from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, Washington, the hijacker told a flight attendant he was armed with a bomb, demanded $200,000 in ransom, (equivalent to $1,338,000 in 2021) and requested four parachutes upon landing in Seattle. After releasing the passengers in Seattle, the hijacker instructed the flight crew to refuel the aircraft and begin a second flight to Mexico City, with a refueling stop in Reno, Nevada. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of D. B. Cooper has received more than 14,835,559 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). D. B. Cooper is the 10th most popular pirate (down from 9th in 2019), the 573rd most popular biography from United States (down from 490th in 2019) and the most popular American Pirate.

D.B. Cooper is most famous for being the only person to ever successfully jump out of a plane with a parachute and never be found.

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  • 4.44

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.34

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among pirates, D. B. Cooper ranks 10 out of 25Before him are Eric of Pomerania, Alexander Selkirk, Anne Bonny, Bartholomew Roberts, Calico Jack, and Mary Read. After him are William Kidd, François l'Olonnais, Sextus Pompey, Henry Every, Ching Shih, and Benjamin Hornigold.

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Among people born in 1931, D. B. Cooper ranks 33Before him are Leonard Nimoy, Ian Holm, Guy Debord, William Shatner, Rupert Murdoch, and João Gilberto. After him are Aldo Rossi, Syukuro Manabe, Johannes Rau, Martinus J. G. Veltman, James Cronin, and James Earl Jones. Among people deceased in 1971, D. B. Cooper ranks 24Before him are Arne Tiselius, Giorgos Seferis, Igor Tamm, Arne Jacobsen, Donald Winnicott, and Harold Lloyd. After him are François Duvalier, Franz Stangl, Lothar Rendulic, Wendell Meredith Stanley, Jacobo Árbenz, and Diane Arbus.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, D. B. Cooper ranks 573 out of 18,182Before him are Alfred Kinsey (1894), Gwen Stefani (1969), William P. Murphy (1892), Henry Mancini (1924), Walter Matthau (1920), and Machine Gun Kelly (1895). After him are Richard Meier (1934), William Holden (1918), Robert Kardashian (1944), Reese Witherspoon (1976), Mark Zuckerberg (1984), and Gilbert N. Lewis (1875).

Among PIRATES In United States

Among pirates born in United States, D. B. Cooper ranks 1After him are Thomas Tew (1649).