Aircraft Photo of N838N | Boeing 727-51 | Piedmont Airlines | #100905
Registration / Serial:N838N
Fleet number:838
Aircraft Original Type:Boeing 727
Aircraft Generic Type:Boeing 727-100 (C-22)
Aircraft Version:Boeing 727-51
C/n (msn):18803 / 137
Operator / Titles:Piedmont Airlines
Aircraft Name:Mount Mitchell Pacemaker
City / Airport:Raleigh / Durham - InternationalMap
Region / Country:North Carolina, United States
Airport Codes:ICAO: KRDU   IATA: RDU   Local: RDU   Other: -
Photo Date:June 1981
Photo by:Gary Vincent
Photo ID: 100905
Photo Comment

Operationally this 727 was with Northwest Airlines (1965-78), Piedmont Airlines (1978-1982), United Technologies (1982-1984 as a flight test bed) and Key Airlines from 1984. Retired by Worldcorp Leasing in 1993, the airplane was stored at Mississippi and broken up by 1996. Historically significant as the 727 associated with the passenger known as D. B. Cooper and his 1971 $200,000 extortion of Northwest Airlines. After getting the ransom, Cooper escaped by jumping out of the airplane while in flight via the rear airstairs with the money and a parachute..... never to be heard from again.

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