Video: Inside the cockpit of Lufthansa flight to LAX

Lufthansa Airlines is relatively comfortable with having cameras in its cockpits. As a result, we get some great video, like one above, from Lufthansa flight 456, which at the time of this recording was a Boeing 747-400 flying from Frankfurt to Los Angeles.

Some of the best parts of the video are also the most mundane. The two pilots spend a lot of time making wry comments in English and German about the flight. You’ll also notice that the pilots effortlessly switch between the two languages. English is the language of international aviation, so most of the official parts of the flight – like checklists and radio transmissions — must be conducted in English, even though German is the national language.

This is one of a series of in-cockpit videos produced by Pilots Eye TV. Another one, which I posted on the blog earlier this year, showed a Lufthansa A380 landing in San Francisco. 

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Anthony Toth built a Pan Am 747 mock-up — and you can visit for dinner

Anthony Toth built a 747 replica inside a warehouse. Here, he stands in front of the first class cabin.

Anthony Toth built a 747 replica inside a warehouse near Los Angeles. Here, he stands in front of the first class cabin.  Photo by Stephen Carr.

Ever since I wrote about Anthony Toth, the man who recreated the interior of a Boeing 747 inside a warehouse near Los Angeles, people have asked me how they could tour it.

I finally have some good news. Brett Snyder, a Long Beach-based aviation blogger, is organizing a night of dinner and drinks on this wonderful Pan Am 747 mock-up.

It’ll be Sept. 28 at Anthony’s 3,000 square foot City of Industry warehouse. And you’ll be served “real” airline food by former Pan Am flight attendants in uniform. (Anthony has contacts in aircraft catering).

Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. (Pacific) on Brett’s website — There will be 28 of them, ranging from $100 to $150, depending on your class of service. (First class is pricier.) If I had to guess, I’d say the event will be sold out by 9:01 a.m., if not earlier. Brett’s going to be accepting money via PayPal.

The tickets are expensive, but I suspect it’ll be worth it. I’ve dined with Anthony before — in first class, no less — and it was one of the highlights of my journalism career.

Good luck!

Tickets for the "Clipper Class" cabin will be $100 -- or $50 less than first class.

Tickets for the “Clipper Class” cabin will be $100 — or $50 less than first class. Photo by Stephen Carr.

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Anthony Toth built a 747 inside a warehouse — and there’s video!

Anthony Toth is my hero.

You may remember him from my story in February. He loved Pan Am so much that he built a replica of a 747-200 inside a warehouse in the City of Industry, near Los Angeles. For now, he has first class in the nose, as well as a small section called Clipper Class, which looks like a current coach cabin, but, at the time, was considered more like business class. He also has a dining area, which he has built on the upper deck. I believe he also just completed a cockpit. It’s all just about perfect.

You intrepid blogger might be visiting the plane again this weekend. If that’s the case, he’ll be sure to update you on Anthony’s progress, with pictures. I know he eventually wants to complete an entire 747.

CrankyFlier, who is perhaps the best aviation blogger in the country, is organizing a trip to Anthony’s plane on Sept. 28. Competition for the slots should be fierce, but you can check out the plans on Cranky’s blog.  For the event, dinner will be served by ex Pan Am flight attendants. (I spoke with a couple on the phone for my story and let me tell you, these women take serving seriously.)

Can’t make it to Cranky’s event? Or simply want to learn more? Check out this video made by Anthony in which he explains how he built his replica.



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