Dine with Orville and Wilbur

Most pilots agree that you can’t have a good airport without a good restaurant, so when The Narrows Landing restaurant opened last summer at the Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW) in Gig Harbor, Wash., there was dancing in the hangars. Owners are Hal, Dossie and Tom Barker. Tom, in addition to being the chef, is Hal and Dossie’s son.

The food is good and the décor, say diners, is even better. Amid the prints on the walls and the models hanging from the ceiling is a three-panel wall mural facing the runway. The painting shows some of the most famous aviators in history as if they are sitting with their backs to the windows. You dine with Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, Jackie Cochran and Beryl Markham gazing at you. If you look past them to the ramp, you see their aircraft. The Wright Flyer shares ramp space with a jet. An instrument approach plate for the Narrows Airport is on the table in front of Earhart.

“It is a Jeppesen plate and it is Gig Harbor,” artist Jack R. Edwards notes proudly. The name of the painting is “Here We Are.”


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