The 'center piece' of a restaurant named "El Avion" (English translation - "The Airplane") located high on the hillside overlooking the Pacific between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. As are all restaurants here, there are no windows or screens. Everything is open air. Sometimes you dine during a thunderstorm with torrential rain, protected by the overhang of the building - a very cool experience.
A great history behind the centerpiece of this unique restaurant - the picture shows a 1954 vintage C-123 military cargo plane which was one of two planes provided to the CIA by the Reagan administration in the mid-1980s to support the infamous Oliver North Iran-Contra arms operation. The sister plane to this one was shot down on October 5, 1986 by Cuban-supported Nicaraguan Sandinistas and the pilot was captured. The plane illustrated here fled to the San Jose, Costa Rica airport where it sat abandoned for years.
The owner of the restaurant bought the plane in 2000, trucked it over the mountains from San Jose in pieces and then shipped it by barge to Quepos and then trucked it again to its final resting place. A restaurant was built over and around the plane. The cargo-passenger compartment itself is a bar. November 13, 2009. Canon SD850-IS
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