Man Recreates The Glorious Pan Am Experience Of Your 'Mad Men' Dreams
You have to hand it to Anthony Toth. He's a man who knows what he wants. By day Toth is a sales executive at United Airlines, but during his off hours he has worked tirelessly to recreate the glorious experience of flying on Pan American World Airways.
Now at the age of 46, he's achieved the dream. Toth recreated the interior of a double-decker Boeing 747—complete with a first-class lounge—in a warehouse in the City of Industry, according to The Daily Breeze. Toth invited a few friends, a former Pan Am flight attendant and some journalists to come along on a ride, so to speak:
When Toth's 11 guests arrived a bit later, they walked into his warehouse and past the ticket counter with the bright blue Pan Am logo. They saw a sign indicating Flight 21 to Tokyo would leave soon. Then they walked onto a short jet bridge, through a real aircraft door and turned left into first class. On board, they took amenity kits tucked in plastic and filled with goodies like slippers and a damp "refresher towel." They picked up a real set of Pan Am headphones, ones they could plug into a jack on their seats to listen to music or watch the movie projected overhead. They grabbed vintage magazines protected by a Pan Am branded sleeve.
They took their plush seats - the cabin has 18 of them arranged in an alternating blue and red pattern - raised their leg rests and reclined. They looked around. Everything was accurate, from the distance between seats to the overhead bins to the aircraft's shell to the galley Gunther and her three colleagues used to ready drinks. Using his iPad and hidden speakers, Toth had even piped in the humming of jet engines.
We imagine the scene being a little something like this. "He is perfectionist," his friend Brett Snyder told The Daily Breeze. "He wants it to be the way it was. I know it was killing him. If the seat pitch was off a little bit, he wanted it right. He needed it right."
The project has cost him dearly: Toth spent $100,000, almost every vacation day he's ever earned. But we're sure it was a small price to pay for "an airplane nerd obsessed with transporting his guests to another era, when flying was a privilege for a relative few."