The Guy who Built a 1970s Pan Am Airplane in his Garage
“Airplane Nerd” Anthony Toth spent more than 20 years and $100K building a partial replica of a 1970s Pan Am Boeing 747 in his Redondo Beach garage when he realized he needed to build an upper deck as well. So, he moved the setup to a 3,000 sq. ft. warehouse to store the structure.
In his 20s, he worked for United Airlines, which bought decommissioned Pan Am planes. Anthony made sure he was there during the United rebranding to get his hands on anything that would have otherwise been tossed. He collected everything from Pan Am ice buckets, salt & pepper shakers to cocktail napkins.
Much of the actual plane is a former Japan Airlines 747 that Toth rescued from a Mojave Desert boneyard. When he finally unveiled his work to the local press, he hired real ex-Pan Am flight attendants to serve in-flight meals in their old uniforms as he played the sound of humming jets controlled by his iPad.
All he needs now is to hire John Travolta to fly the darn thing. - Via
I once wrote in my Blogspot blog (madaboutmod.blogspot.com) that at one time, I wanted to partially replicate the DC-9 “Clipper” dining scene from Delta’s Dreamflight in my living room. People thought I was crazy. Who’s crazy now?