Walnut Ridge, Arkansas: Parachute Inn: Boeing 737

A wheel-less jetliner, resting on the ground, was for a time transformed into a place where travelers could eat real food instead of airline food. The eatery is gone; the empty, grounded 737 remains.

Address:
10 N. Skywatch, Walnut Ridge, AR
Directions:
From US 67 just north of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas follow signs to regional airport.
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Former Parachute Inn.

Parachute Inn

The Boeing 737 is still there, but the restaurant is completely gone. A few years ago it closed for remodeling and never reopened. The building was torn down some time prior to November 2021. A small section of the connecting hallway is still intact with a locked makeshift door.

We ate in the airplane a few times. Once, our RC airplane club had a Christmas party in it. Another time we ate with a flight attendant friend. If you were employed by Southwest Airline (the original owner) they would let you sign your name on the wall.

[Trent Dowler, 12/25/2021]

Parachute Inn - Boeing 737.

Parachute Inn - Boeing 737

We drove by, and while the restaurant is no longer open, the plane is still there.

[Gretchen B, 10/20/2020]

Parachute Inn.

Parachute Inn - Boeing 737

This has certainly seen better days. I can't imagine that the Parachute Inn gets many guests, as it sits behind a small college at a small airport in a small town.

[Mallory Billings, 12/02/2016]

In the passenger dining compartment.

Parachute Inn - Boeing 737

We ventured off the beaten path. We weren't really hungry but as much as I travel, I had to eat great food on a plane. So cool for kids and adults. They did a great job. All types of catfish, seafood, and did we say it was pretty cool!

[James the Route Pro, 07/07/2013]
Parachute Inn

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!


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