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Full-scale model of a Pan Am Airlines first-class cabin – in a guy’s garage…

When Anthony Toth wants to experience the luxury of flying first class, he doesn’t need to travel any further than his own Redondo Beach garage. That’s where the 42-year-old aircraft enthusiast built a full-scale replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747. When visitors enter Toth’s garage, they are greeted with a timetable listing the flight schedule from Los Angeles that Pan Am would have used in the 1970s. They are then directed inside the cabin, where they can sit in red-and-blue airplane seats, and eat peanuts from a Pan Am embossed package. Toth has painstakingly re-created a Pan Am aircraft from the 1960s and ’70s, complete with recordings of the original in-flight audio. It’s taken Toth nearly 20 years to scavenge for the parts to construct the cabin, which he started building five years ago. He estimates that he’s spent more than $50,000 on airplane

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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