Re: 727 cooper vanes

Date:         05 Sep 97 17:27:23 
From: (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1997.1888@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
(BAEJS3201) wrote:

> I recently talked to a mechanic at work and the subject of the Cooper Vane
> on the 727 aft airstairs came up. He said this has develop after the DP
> Cooper Hijacking.
> Well my question is was this a Sevice Bullatin or was this just something
> that some 727 operators refitted their aircraft with. My company has two
> former Korean Air 727-200's and one 727-100 and none of these have a
> Cooper vane fitted on them or is this a old mechanics folk lore.

Actually, it's D.B. Cooper.  I joined The Boeing Company in 1979 when we
were still manufacturing 727s.  All the 727s I remember seing on the final
assembly line had the "D.B. Cooper latch" already installed.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane