On June 6, 1975 Dale Remling escaped from a Jackson prison aboard a hijacked helicopter.
The chopper landed in the exercise yard at the Prison of Southern Michigan at Jackson in a spot marked with a red bandanna. Remling, who was two years into a 7- to 10-year prison sentence for writing bad checks, had watched the guard in the nearest tower for a year and knew that he always left to use the bathroom between 11 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.
The helicopter, which had been hijacked from the Mettetal Airport in Wayne County, then flew Remling to short-lived freedom. The 46-year-old con man was caught about 30 hours later in nearby Leslie.
For his troubles, Remling received an extra ten years on his sentence for his escape attempt.
Zlati Meyer, “Jackson Prisoner Uses Helicopter in Getaway”, Detroit Free Press, May 31, 2009, A.14
Ken Wyatt, “Peek Through Time: 35 years after his prison escape, Dale Remling makes most-notorious scoundrels list“, MLive, February 25, 2011; updated February 26, 2011.