Photos: Go inside Anthony Toth’s Pan Am 747 mockup (Yes, again.)

The first class cabin on Anthony Toth Boeing 747 mockup in a Los Angeles-area warehouse. Photo: Mike Kelley.

The first class cabin on Anthony Toth Boeing 747 mockup in a Los Angeles-area warehouse. Photo: Mike Kelley.

We at L.A. Airspace love Anthony Toth. How can you not embrace a man who built a replica of a Pan Am Boeing 747 inside a Los Angeles-area warehouse.

By now, if you read this space regularly, you know about Toth. He has spent more than $100,000 to recreate the plane he loved to fly as a child. If you’re not familiar with the man and you think I’m crazy, you should read the feature story I wrote about him last year.

Anthony recently teamed up with photographer Mike Kelley, who took some glamour shots of the mock-up. They gave me permission to use this shots, and I think you’ll be impressed. For more details on the shoot, you’ll want to go to Kelley’s website.

 

Clipper Class on Anthony Toth's Pan Am 747 mock up. Photo: Mike Kelley.

Clipper Class on Anthony Toth’s Pan Am 747 mock up. Photo: Mike Kelley.

The upper deck lounge. Photo: Mike Kelley.

The upper deck lounge. Photo: Mike Kelley.

First class passengers watch a movie. Photo: Mike Kelley.

First class passengers watch a movie. Photo: Mike Kelley.

The spiral staircase to the upper deck. Photo: Michael Kelley.

The spiral staircase to the upper deck. Photo: Michael Kelley.

Toth likes to have catered meals on board. Photo: Michael Kelley.

Toth likes to have catered meals on board. Photo: Michael Kelley.

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VIDEO: Another look inside Anthony Toth’s Pan Am 747 replica

You can call me an Aviation Geek, but I can’t get enough stories about Anthony Toth, the man I featured last year who built a replica Pan Am 747 inside a warehouse outside of Los Angeles.

Anthony was recently featured in a three-minute video made by MSN. The video has some of the best pictures I’ve seen about life on board this mock-up.  (Incidentally, you’ll likely be seeing some of Toth’s aviation collection on this year’s season of “Mad Men.”)

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This man built a Pan Am Boeing 747 mock-up inside a Los Angeles-area warehouse. What’s next for him?

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

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

You may remember Anthony Toth. He’s the California man and United Airlines executive who built a replica of a Pan Am 747 inside a Los Angeles-area warehouse.

This is not a joke. He dedicated years of his life to his pursuit because Pan Am was the airline Toth loved to fly as a child.

As of a year ago, when I wrote a long story on him, Toth had hired a contractor and spent more than $100,000 on his life’s dream. At the time, Toth had a first-class section, complete with 18 seats, and a Clipper Class section — sort of like premium economy — with 26 powder blue seats. He had also built an upper deck lounge. And Toth had all the soft goods — the Pan Am branded napkins, the drink stirrers, the headphones, the glassware — to go with it. He even piped in the sounds of aircraft noise.

But Toth wanted more. I caught up with him recently and wrote an update for our main website. Here’s some of what I learned:

  • Playboy did a one-week shoot on his plane for an upcoming issue. There were 12 naked women around. “It was a shocking week for me,” Toth said. 
  • The cockpit, with help from some special effects. Photo: Anthony Toth.

    The cockpit, with help from some special effects. Photo: Anthony Toth.

    Toth bought a cockpit for $6,000 off a retired Air Canada plane and had it installed on the front end of the upper deck. Before, Toth had a cockpit door, but if you opened it, it actually just led to a storage area. 

  • “Mad Men” rented some props from Toth. It was a top secret mission. Someone from the show called Toth and asked him for stuff from a specific airline and specific time period. He says he is not allowed to say anything about what he rented out because it might give away a plot point. But he said he loves the “Mad Men” gigs. “They want everything to be validated,” Toth said. “They are true to their craft. They re-create vintage aviation in the way I want it to be recreated.”
  • Toth is now partnering with a company called Air Hollywood that specializes in aviation sets and props for airplane-related entertainment shoots.  The company is based in Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley and Toth is considering moving his replica there. Why? It would give him a lot more room. Perhaps enough for a full 747 mock-up. “If I want to play in this space,” he said, “I’m going to need a bigger airplane.”
  • He is in the market for old airline uniforms for his rental business — not just Pan Am, but other airlines as well. The acquisition costs are  high . A Pan Am uniform hat? That runs $700 to $800, he says. A Pan Am uniform? Toth says he recently bought two — for $1,000 apiece.
The Clipper Cabin on Toth's mockup.

The Clipper Cabin on Toth’s mockup.

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Plane facts: A NASA-operated 747SP once flew for United and Pan Am

This 747SP first flew for Pan Am and then for United. Image Credit: NASA / Carla Thomas

This 747SP first flew for Pan Am and then for United. Image Credit: NASA / Carla Thomas

What happens to a plane after its finishes commercial service?

Sometimes, as we detailed last month with a Fiji Airways 747 (registration: DQ-FJK) the airplane is immediately scrapped. But other times, the plane continues flying for a decade or even longer. 

I recently came across N747NA, a 747SP operated by the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) — part of NASA — since 1997. According to the website touting the plane:  “NASA and the German space agency, DLR, are working together to create and operate SOFIA – a Boeing 747-SP aircraft modified to accommodate a 2.5 meter gyro-stabilized telescope.”

According to NASA, the plane was first owned by Pan Am and later United, which got rid of the early-model 747 in 1997. (Here’s a 1980 photo of the Pan Am livery, and a 1994 photo of the plane wearing United titles. 

NASA put together some interesting facts about the history of the plane. Read on to learn them.

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Lucky group dines onboard a Pan Am 747 model outside Los Angeles

Remember Anthony Toth? He’s the guy who created a replica of the interior of a Pan Am Boeing 747 inside a Los Angeles-area warehouse. From the outside, it’s completely fake. But the interior? It looks almost exactly like the real thing.

On Saturday night, Anthony played host to an “on-board” dinner. And according to an excellent blog post by Brett Snyder, who helped organize the event, the evening was a rousing success. Tickets were actually available to the public, though they sold out very quickly.

The pictures on Brett’s blog are just unreal. Read on to see a few of them.

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