DC-6 diner at Coventry Airport

Coventry Airport isn’t up there on my list of desireable places to eat, but after reading about how a Douglas DC-6 has been converted into a restaurant, I might just be tempted to visit.

The aircraft has been restored to its original 1950s passenger configuration with seating for around 60 diners

And what better use of an old aircraft that hasn’t flown for almost four years than to refurbish it so that diners can call upon waiting staff by using the buttons above their seats.

I can’t imagine that the dining concept would appeal to anyone other than aircraft enthusiasts, like myself, but as a novelty is might be a fun place to take the kids during the summer break.

Chef Tony Caunce has designed a menu offering such dishes as Bomber T-bone steak, Vampire gammon, 8oz Rapide steak or even a Meteor marinade fillet.

Caunce said: “Some people have come just because it is a plane and they want to experience something different.

“It used to provide people with sheer luxury compared to what you get today. It was an incredibly well engineered plane, which is why it was still flying until recently.”

The aircraft, a former freighter, registered G-SIXC is owned by Skypartners, and is part of the Airbas exhibition where more than 30 Air Atlantique planes are on display.

To make a reservation for lunch or dinner at the DC-6 Diner call 02476 882 604. 

Classic Flight’s new Airbase Visitor Centre at Coventry Airport.

Flightglobal Archive: See information and cutaway drawing of the DC-6

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3 Responses to DC-6 diner at Coventry Airport

  1. David Learmount 9 May, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Barbara, great job blogging that G-SIXC has now become a restaurant – I’m glad because I’d much rather this fate than the scrap heap – but you slag off Coventry Baginton over my dead body! It’s a great aerodrome with some of the UK’s most interesting aviation going on there. It’s a base for all types of activity: airline, ab initio training, lots of wacky GA roles. Brilliant.

    My log book contains several landaway exercises to Baginton while I was earning my PPL back in the stone age, and much more recently a few hours in G-SIXC’s right hand seat while it was airfreighting for Air Atlantique, flogging across to Brussels Zaventem at the dead of night carrying a couple of pallets for DHL and another with car parts.

    G-SIXC had had its autopilot stripped out, and the pressurisation system too. I won’t forget reporting to London on entering the Clacton sector as we rumbled out over the dark North Sea that we were requesting FL60 for the cruise. Clacton had to be convinced we actually wanted to be that low.

  2. Malcolm Ginsberg 10 May, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    David’s got it right.

    For what it is worth it was built in 1956 and never flew as a proper passenger aircraft having been effectively owned by the CIA.

    And please note that the machine is owned by Air Atlantique and is one of the few non flyers in the AIRBASE collection. Visitors are welcome to take to the air in a Dragon Rapide!

  3. Mike 10 May, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    there are few other old planes converted into the restaurants http://bit.ly/lG54BO

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