Planemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 5697 posts, RR: 34 Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16043 times:
For nostalgia buffs, the article, vid and slideshow from the WSJ should be an inspiration...
In One Man's Garage, Pan Am Still Makes the Going Great
Mr. Toth's First-Class Obsession Recreates Defunct Airline's Cabin (Spiral Stairs, Too)
Fliers nostalgic for the golden era of air travel might want to book a trip to Anthony Toth's garage.
Mr. Toth has built a precise replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747 in the garage of his two-bedroom condo in Redondo Beach, Calif. The setup includes almost everything fliers in the late 1970s and 1980s would have found onboard: pairs of red-and-blue reclining seats, original overhead luggage bins and a curved, red-carpeted staircase.
Pgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 15142 times:
Quoting United1 (Reply 6): Apparently he works for United as a global sales director...anyone on here know him? I'd love to get a tour of the place....
The WSJ actually got this from a post I did on Cranky Flier. (The author is an old friend who spoke with me about it a couple months ago.)
If you really want to get in touch with Anthony, he had me put a list of things he trying to acquire along with his email address on the blog. Here's his top 5:
1. First Class pneumatic headsets from the early 80’s…
2. Swatch of the clipper class fabric
3. Upper deck screen with the ship etched in gold on it.
4. Clipper class headrests
5. Trays. The fullsize ones used for Clipper and First meals.
And his email is email@example.com. If you can help, that would be excellent. (I have a lot of pics linked from the blog as well.)
Not really...do a bit of homework and pay some shipping fees and anyone can get goodies like Anthony. May not be Pan Am but TWA new generation complete interiors were hanging out to dry in AZ...first class seats, wall panels, spiral stair case, carpeted movie screens with the globes on them, carpet...anything you wanted, some back east here as well. Scrappers sell that stuff cheap...sometimes give it away...shipping is the biggest expense. Unless a scrapyard can sell off the entire interior as a shipset, basically they will part out to anyone...j
ABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 843 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11962 times:
I think the refrence was between the old cloth seats of yor, compared to the Leather seats we see now. Besides leather is easier to maintain and lasts longer than cloth seats. However it is a bummber he may not find a swatch of the old cloth style. That stuff was almost as rough as burlap if you ask me.
AznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3583 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11783 times:
I wish I could find it, but an Aussie a.netter wrote a trip report that took place at his place. He had a bunch of old QF items such as the old blue J seats, beverage cart, and I believe a print from Wunala Dreaming. It was an interesting trip report!
Also, I don't know if this is true, but I vaguely remember on ABC's 20/20 back in the 80s and I was a little kid then, I believe Barbara Walters interview Billy Crystal and he had one of the smaller bathrooms fitted out like an airplane lavatory.
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23154 posts, RR: 23 Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10622 times:
Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 22): The overhead bin doors are wrong. But other than that, I am truly impressed.
That's not the only thing wrong. The wall/window panels are from a DC-10. The bins look like they're from a 757 or 733/734/735. They're definitely not original 747 bins or the much larger bins Pan Am and many other 747 operators installed later. And the seats aren't authentic Pan Am 747 seats.
25 Thrufru: I think he did a fantastic job, and those of you pointing out errors or perceived short comings are just "plane" rude! Without the advantage of actual
26 Bojangles: When I read the title of this thread before opening it, I thought "Gotta be a geeky queen I'd cross the street to avoid'. And sure enough.... HOWEVER
27 MadameConcorde: Wooohooo! this is reallllly nice!!!! Congrats to him! What a nice replica! I wonder if anyone will ever replicate a Concorde cabin ?
28 Wexfordflyer: Not but have often heard the phrase "only in America"............ This does take obession truly to the next level.......but if it is what you love!
29 September11: Carpet looks 1 inch thick ................
30 Beechnut: I'd rather have the cockpit section hooked up to MS Flight Sim Or better yet, a used full-motion simulator but I doubt I could afford the upkeep on o
31 Rheinwaldner: Cool! As another thought: If somebody would reconstruct an SQ and an EK A380 suite you'd had nearly everything you need to live!
32 Mtaabq: I think he did a fantastic job, and those of you pointing out errors or perceived short comings are just "plane" rude! I have to agree with Thrufru.
33 Ikramerica: Hats off to him, sure. Fantastic? Hardly. It sounds as if the covers are temporary until he can find a similar fabric, but they look AWFUL. Like beds
34 Panamair: For those too young to remember: Pan Am's First Class seats on the 747s were "Sleeperette" seats which stretched about 3-4 windows long with 55-60" se
35 Viscount724: However the Sleeperette seats weren't the original seats. For the first few years of 747 service, PA, like all others, used standard F class seats at