Man Builds Pan Am Jet Cabin Replica in His Garage
According to The Wall Street Journal, Toth spent more than $50,000 recreating a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747 in his garage. For 20 years, Toth has collected vintage Pan Am gear -- from headphones to a coffee maker -- by salvaging parts from retired airplanes that are dumped in the Mojave Desert. The end result is a nearly exact replica (There is that flat-screen TV.) of a '70s-era jet cabin. There's original reclining seats, overhead compartments, and a red, carpeted staircase. What he couldn't find, he recreated as accurately as possible (e.g., the faux Pan Am boarding passes).
What would drive a grown man to embark on such an elaborate project? Tosh says he felt a connection with Pan Am from the first time he stepped aboard. "There was no other aircraft I could walk on board that intrigued me more than the Pan Am cabin," he told the Journal. "Everything symbolized something. That meant something to me as a youngster."
It's doubtful today's youngsters will one day build similar shrines to JetBlue or Southwest. If they did, it wouldn't take a garage; you could fit those cramped seats and small overhead spaces into a closet. [From: The Wall Street Journal, via Gizmodo, via Neatorama]