Walnut Ridge, Arkansas: Parachute Inn - Boeing 737A retired, grounded jetliner has been transformed into a place where travelers can eat real food instead of airline food.
- 10 Skywatch, Walnut Ridge, AR
- From US 67 just north of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas follow signs to regional airport.
- Tu-F 7:30a-2p, F-Sa 5p-? (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Parachute Inn - Boeing 737
This place had so much potential. Unfortunately, it was really cold when we went and they informed us that they didn't turn on the heater in the plane, so it wasn't open. The food was okay and cheap, but not worth the stop considering the airplane was closed.[Jenny Solar, 01/08/2010]
We admire brave winter road trippers. Just keep in mind that some attractions may have erratic hours or be affected by the lack of cold weather patrons. Remember to call ahead!
As you can see, the Parachute Inn is very real -- with a Boeing 737 attached! The original owner is retiring and her niece will continue to operate the restaurant. It is a really good place to eat and visit![Bryan Quattlebaum, 10/14/2008]
Part of this restaurant, located at the airport, is now housed in a real Southwest Airlines Co. Boeing 737. The interior has been restored to give it the original "Southwest" look and the seats have been adjusted to fit the tables. Store your coats in the overhead bins and play in the cockpit.
Owner Donna Robertson is there most days and serves Southern home-style cooking and seafood. There is also a military museum across the street.[Bruce B., 07/04/2007]