'80s drug, gun saga portrayed in new Tom Cruise movie remains sore spot for city in Arkansas

Some hope movie draws tourists

Posted: October 1, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.
Updated: October 2, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Fred Ogden, manager of Mena’s airport, stands inside the 8,000-square-foot hangar where Barry Seal supposedly had his plane modified. Ogden said conspiracy tourists used to visit the hangar and that “They would say, ‘You mean this is it?’” He said Seal’s plane was probably too big for the hangar, anyway.

They're tired of Barry Seal in Mena.

Danny Thrailkill, a district judge and former Mena city attorney who was a young lawyer when the Barry Seal case first made headlines, said he’ll prob...

Discerning fact from fiction about Barry Seal, who was killed Feb. 19, 1986, in Baton Rouge by machine gun-wielding Colombian hit men, is a difficult ...

A poster advertising American Made outside the Silver Screen Theater in Mena on Wednesday.

A map showing the location of Mena.

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