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Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737  
User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

A retired Southwest Boeing 737 has become part of a restaurant in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas (about 100 miles driving distance northwest of Memphis, 125 miles driving distance northeast of Little Rock).

From Tuesday, October 4 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
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Boeing 737 performs different role

Walnut Ridge restaurant turns retired aircraft into town attraction

BY KENNETH HEARD
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

WALNUT RIDGE – For the first time in 21 years Monday, food was served on Southwest Airlines plane No. N86SW.

However, the aircraft never left the ground.
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The article says:


  • The fuselage contains 10 tables, each seating six
  • The actual desert tan seats and carpet are used
  • The overhead bins and lavatory (inoperable) remain
  • A pilot stopped to refuel his plane and commented he logged some 300 hours flying N86SW
  • Parachute Inn hosted a private function last week. After an open house tomorrow (10 OCT), the new dining room is open for business. Just don’t wear an offensive tee shirt.


Article from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Part 1
Article from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Part 2

*Note – article scanned from the hardcopy




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User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

Thanks FlyingTexan

The story (without pictures) can be read here

- JHSfan



Look at me, I´m riding high, I´m the airbornmaster of the sky...
User currently offlineDarthRandall From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 302 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

A fascinating idea! I hope it does well. Do yu have any idea how they will lay out the interior?


Ninjas can kill anyone they want! Ninjas cut off heads all the time and don't even think twice about it.
User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2353 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

They should have repainted the plane. Also without the landing gear and nosecone it looks like a junked plane ready to be scrapped. Kinda trailer park-ish if you ask me.

Quoting DarthRandall (Reply 2):
Do yu have any idea how they will lay out the interior?

Didn't you see the picture?



The 747: The hands who designed it were guided by god.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Should have kept the Gears on with Artificial wings & used a Staircase.Would have looked good.
Whats done about the AC.
Isn't it hot inside.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

The article's got the reg wrong, it's actually N81SW. My Grandpa lives about ten miles from Walnut Ridge, in a town called Pocahontas, and while I was there 2 summers ago, I managed to catch the bird while it was still sitting at the ARG FBO ramp, after the engines had been taken off:


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Hopefully I can get out there soon, there's some pretty interesting stuff sitting on that airfield.

[Edited 2005-10-10 09:04:05]

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2597 times:

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 3):
They should have repainted the plane. Also without the landing gear and nosecone it looks like a junked plane ready to be scrapped. Kinda trailer park-ish if you ask me.

Believe me when I say it fits in well with the surroundings.


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2353 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 6):
Believe me when I say it fits in well with the surroundings.

LOL! I didn't realize this was in Arkansas. Big grin



The 747: The hands who designed it were guided by god.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

Yeah, but I love the place. Always very relaxing to go out there, kind of a different kind of life. I think the next time I make it out that way I'll have to stop by while I'm photographing the scrapyard.

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