TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - People got the chance to board a retired Boeing 747-400 aircraft at the Tupelo Regional Airport's facility on Lemons Drive.
Universal Asset Management put on the event for Aviation Experience Day.
The company salvages large aircraft.
Jeff Sabo, the Senior Vice-President of Universal Asset Management, spent the day giving tours of the aircraft that was manufactured in 1993.
According to Sabo, the aircraft was just in the air less than two weeks ago as it flew from Sydney, Australia, to Los Angeles and then to Tupelo, just a few days ago.
Sabo said the first step was to remove the engines, and in about four weeks they will have it completely gutted.
According to Sabo, he not only wants people to understand the process of salvaging aircraft parts, but he wants to offer people a once in a lifetime chance on board.
"We are looking for second lives for these aircrafts. We are taking these components of this aircraft, sending them to FAA-certified repair stations, and re-certifying the parts. Then, we're selling them back into the global market," he said.
According to Sabo, many airlines are moving to more fuel-efficient aircraft.