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Richard Pemberton Northwest Orient Airlines Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2013-10-03
The Richard Pemberton Northewest Orient Airlines Collection is a small collection comprised of materials compiled by Richard Pemberton, a flight dispatcher for Northwest Orient Airlines (NWA), during his career. The material includes textual materials and photographs.

The textual materials include flight dispatcher seniority lists, 1947-1984; navigational charts; records of aircraft dispatchers flight tours, 1976-1986; photocopies of flight planning tables; a NWA News newsletter, July-August 1960; clippings from unidentified newspapers; and one interoffice memo about the D. B. Cooper hijacking of NWA flight 305. The memo is on NWA letterhead and is from R. D. Pemberton, Flight Dispatcher to C. [G?] W. Griffin, Chief Flight Dispatcher Western Area. It is dated December 4, 1971 and subject is "Narrative report of the 'hijacking' Flt. 305/25 Nov." In the memo, Pemberton describes his actions during the hijacking of NWA flight 305. He intercepted the original transmission, alerted authorities, and kept in contact with flight crew and various ground personnel to help coordinate the operation.

There are nine (9) 2.5x3" black-and-white photographs, dated 1942-1946. The photographs depict buildings, anti-aircraft balloons, and people (some identified). Each of the images has a front caption, such as "HLN 1945," "MSO 1946," and "Geo. Burkhart 1946." Per a note from the donor, the buildings are "airport facilities through the region" [Pacific Northwest?].


  • 1940s-1980s


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information, contact

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)

Biographical Note: Richard Pemberton

Richard Pemberton was born December 8, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended high school and radio school in Kansas City. Pemberton starting working for Northwest Orient Airlines at age 18 and later served as Radio and Flight Dispatcher on Northwest's Pacific routes. He then became a Station Manager in Eastern Washington and Montana. Pemberton was on duty on November 24, 1971, the night 'D. B. Cooper' hijacked a Boeing 727 operated by Northwest Orient Airlines. Pemberton passed away on June 30, 2002.

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.

The materials arrived in a binder and were removed for preservation reasons. Original order from within the binder was retained.


Guide to the Richard Pemberton Northwest Orient Airlines Collection
Completed - Level 1
J. Parent
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1st edition

Repository Details

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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