TUPELO – Dozens of retired airliners have landed in Tupelo the past three years, but other than seeing them in the air and landing, the public hasn’t had many opportunities to see the hulking planes up close.
That changes Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when Universal Asset Management, the plane recycling and parts company, will have its first official “behind-the-scenes” public tour of its disassembly operations.
It’s a free monthly event sponsored by UAM, Airline Maintenance Service Inc., the Tupelo Regional Airport and Tupelo Aviation Unlimited to “show the community and aviation enthusiasts what happens behind the scenes at the airport,” an official said.
Tourists also will be shown around the airport and can take pictures with large aircraft on the ramp.
The tours are open to the public, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition, free food and drink will be provided by Old Venice Pizza and the first 50 visitors will receive a free T-shirt. Also, a drawing will be held for two round-trip tickets from Tupelo to Atlanta through Silver Airways.
“The tours are the perfect opportunity for the local community to come in and see exactly what happens at our facility and learn more about airplanes,” said UAM owner and CEO Keri Wright. “We are opening our doors on the first Saturday of each month to give everyone the chance to see our facility and the large commercial aircraft that are in the process of being disassembled, as well as give the community an idea of what happens to the aircraft after they have been disassembled.”