The Airplane Restaurant | Colorado Springs

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Austin and I recently went on a sibling outing to The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs. Adjacent to the Radisson Hotel, this restaurant is unlike any other restaurant you have ever dined at before. Situated in an intact Boeing KC-97 tanker - one of the largest propeller-driven aircraft ever made - was given a new lease on life and converted into an eatery in 2002. The walls of the attached dining room are lined with photos proudly displaying aviation’s rich history.

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As you walk up the steps into the aircraft you are greeted with a long booth styled “dining hall.” Along the left side of the plane are two-person booths and the right side seats up to four. Every table is covered with old aviation maps while the cockpit toward the front is fully intact and gives you an interesting perspective on what it might have been like to operate an aircraft of this size. 

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We were seated fairly quickly but thats were the quality of service ended. The restaurant seemed as if it were understaffed. We were seated for about ten minutes before our drink order was taken - the Raspberry Iced Tea Austin ordered was overly watery. We waited another fifteen minutes for our order to be taken - Austin ordered the Buffalo Burger while I ordered the Fish n Chips. 

Overall, I was originally enthusiastic about experiencing The Airplane Restaurant, but came away feeling disappointed. Austin states his burger tasted like “every other burger.” As if it was processed and didn’t taste like how he thought it would be. On the other hand, my fish ‘n chips was overtly crispy to the point of being overdone. The price seemed a little high for the amount of food received, but I think you’re mostly paying for the experience.


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