Road flares would have been a terrible idea for illumination due to the huge heat signature emitted. If any FLIR (thermal imaging systems) equipped aircraft were looking for him that night, flares would look like thermal beacons. FLIRS were not common in 1971 but they certainly did exist.
===================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Not ONE word has ever been uttered about thermal imaging being used to search for Cooper...NOT ONE WORD. Yes, it may have been in existence but not available in a manner that would have assisted the Cooper Hunt. Would have to have been done from the air and required many planes with this equipment available - now this is too far out for 1971. I am a Whuffo, a woman and have dumb blond syndrome --- but his does not SOUND REASONABLE.
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