Skip to comments.Southland Man Spares No Expense To Create Replica Pan Am 747
Posted on 03/02/2013 8:40:26 AM PST by BenLurkin
CITY OF INDUSTRY (CBSLA.com) One Southland man has spared no expense to recreate a mock 1970s Pan Am 747 thats now on display at a warehouse in the city of Industry.
As CBS2′s Amy Johnson reports, Anthony Toth has been working on a life-size model plane for about 35 years, moving it from place to place before finally having it settle into a 3000 square-foot warehouse.
When I was 5 years old, I boarded a 747 back in the early 70s with my family on a trip to Europe and the experience actually changed my life forever, Toth said.
Toth, who works at United Airlines in the passenger sales division, says hes spent his weekends and vacation days working on the replica 747, which is equipped with electricity for in-flight films and food.
The mock plane also contains Pan Am coffee cups and dishes, as well as, emergency cards and a closet full of uniforms.
The cost? More than $100,000.
This particular model cost me a lot of money to build but it was completely worth it, he said. I guess theres a part of me that wanted to recreate that brand and that image of flying.
Howz about a link for a pic. Sounds good.
He needs to round up an appropriate bevy of stewardesses to man the thing.
Tomkinson: Its a full-scale model, sir.
Mr. Ellis: [annoyed] Its not a model if its full-scale, Tomkinson, it’s an icebreaker.
The video at the link is unavailable.
Does he have a piano and an aquarium in the upper lounge? That was one of the really cool things about those 747s.
So, a ride on an airplane “changed his life forever”? He just may have issues that need professional analysis. Just sayin’.
Deregulation did in the “Sky Lounge” of the 747 upper deck. It was converted to passenger seating and not overly popular, other than with 747 first-timers. Funny how roly-poly the ride actually is up there when you’re not tipsy and thinking it’s just you.
3000 sq ft would be 30 x 100 (or 75 x 40). I don’t think his model includes wings, engines, etc.
It’s a full-size recreation of the interior without the jet itself, which makes it a little more compact but 3,000 sf still sounds small. The 747 passenger area seems at least that large by itself.
I am a math-ignorant product of a liberal arts education, so I may be wrong, but I don't think a 10' x 30' warehouse would get you 3,000 sq. feet.
First time I ever flew by myself was age 13 on a 747. Apart from takeoff and landing I spent the entire time on the upper deck. Coolest thing ever for a punk kid!
This guy is the definition of "busman's holiday'.
You say that 10 x 30 is 3,000 square feet??? The liberal arts major gets an A and you get an F!
Amen, brother. I was stationed in Spain from 68-72..and often flew Pan Am home from Barcelona. Back then, they had a great flight..154 outbound from JFK...Lisbon, Barcelona, Nice, Rome, and it was 155 home bound. I dated a Pan Am stewardess for 2 years, they were all gorgeous, classy, and I loved those powder blue uniforms with the little bowler hats.
When they finally put the 747 on the 154/155 flight..I think it was in late 1969..there were about 20,000 people at the airport in Barcelona to watch it land and then take off.
Flying then was still classy..not the cattle car it is these days. I often got upgraded to first class, and it was absolutely spectacular. Booze, food, all the amenities..I did get to play the piano a few times, but as I recall, they were all removed fairly soon.
154 would leave JFK about midnight, and when I was leaving on a Saturday night, I’d pick up several early editions of the Sunday NY Times, and 2 dozen fresh bagels, along with cream cheese and lox, and bring it back with me...
I wonder how pleasant the upper deck is on an A380.
Is it safe to assume he has no wife?
Not yet flown on one but from those I know who have, upper is preferable because it’s quieter, apparently. The uproar of all the passengers on the main deck, coming and going, it’s a big plane. Turbulence can create some passenger discomfort toward the upper rear so that’s always set up as economy as far as I know.
The A380 is an ungainly, ugly looking plane from the exterior, imho, very unlike the elegant design of the 747, but it’s upper deck doesn’t have quite the issue with passengers having a sense of constant rolling motion.
That photo by the spiral staircase would seem to make it an even safer assumption.
Whatever floats his boat.
imo it’s a complete waste of space.
I'm with you on that. It's the new BUFF.
very unlike the elegant design of the 747
The queen of the skies. I read that the 747 was originally designed to compete for the contract that eventually went to the C5.
Well, DUH. Guess that’s why I don’t normally post things on Saturday before coffee.
By the way I walked around a -8 a couple of weeks ago. That is a BIG plane.
Perhaps you meant one of those 10-story, 30’ x 10’ warehouses that seem to be popping up all over the place these days...
I understand. I was finishing my second mug of coffee when I started viewing FR....I try not to face anything more challenging than the weather forecast until my coffee-low light is out.
Quick! Get your post removed! Hell hath no fury than a math mistake made on the internet.
Huh? I love the upper deck when it’s business class, never noticed any unusual movements and it’s less people so you have less people per bathroom and better service. The pilots are up there as well. I’ve never ridden up there in coach class and have never seen coach up there but it’s up to the airline how it’s set up. That 747 that crashed in Japan that killed 520? I think it had coach everywhere.
One thing I’ve always wondered about flight 800 was that I thought it was an older 747 with only three windows on the top deck but when they pieced the plane together, it had the long row of windows up there???
Now the back seats of the longest variant of the 757, it has noticeable tail wag, I can’t stand em and I can sleep through any turbulence. Maybe the movement is a different type on the 747 that I’ve never noticed (roll VS yaw, is that correct?) They also take forever to board and off load and the seats are three to a row in coach with the same width body as a 737 and single aisle. In fact, those are the worst seats of any model Boeing, the three to a row or middle seats of a widebody.
My 747 exposure was almost entirely courtesy of Aer Lingus, Kennedy to Dubin by way of Shannon and back or Logan to Dublin by way of Shannon and back. I heard “Fáilte go Baile Átha Cliath - Welcome to Dublin!” many, many times between 1989 and 1995.
Here’s some neat vintage footage of an Aer Lingus 747, from I believe 1975. It still has the piano bar on the upper deck:
Kid? I was 43 the first time I flew on a 747. Blown away, I was. What a fantastic plane. Flew on them about 10 times for a couple years in the nineties. Loved every minute.
If he “spared no expense”, why didn’t he just buy a real one?