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Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:47 am

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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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:17 am

Thanks FlyingTexan

The story (without pictures) can be read here

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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:33 am

A fascinating idea! I hope it does well. Do yu have any idea how they will lay out the interior?
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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:54 am

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?
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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:37 pm

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.
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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:42 pm

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.

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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:10 am

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.
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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:52 am

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
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RE: Dine Aboard Retired Southwest 737

Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:45 am

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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