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Old February 17th, 2021, 06:11 PM
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I think the light-colored spot on the port side of the opening, behind the lift strut, is the Cooper Vane (wikipedia).

(It's a simple airflow-detecting lock that prevents the stairs from being deployed in mid-air.)
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I think the light-colored spot on the port side of the opening, behind the lift strut, is the Cooper Vane (wikipedia).

(It's a simple airflow-detecting lock that prevents the stairs from being deployed in mid-air.)
Wikipedia should probably note that the ability to deploy the rear stairway of a Boeing 727 in flight was a deliberate design choice in the original milspec of the aircraft, specifically to facilitate low-altitude mid-air deployment of paratroopers, and not some sort of hideous engineering and safety oversight hijackers such as "D. B. Cooper" discovered how to exploit themselves.
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There's a suspicion that the Central Intelligence Agency found it useful, and Cooper may have had a past association with them.
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