CITY OF INDUSTRY (CBSLA.com) — One Southland man has spared no expense to recreate a mock 1970s Pan Am 747 that’s now on display at a warehouse in the city of Industry.READ MORE: WeHo Residents Preparing For New 'Supreme' Location
As CBS2’s Amy Johnson reports, Anthony Toth has been working on a life-size model plane for about 35 years, moving it from place to place before finally having it settle into a 3000 square-foot warehouse.
“When I was 5 years old, I boarded a 747 back in the early 70s with my family on a trip to Europe and the experience actually changed my life forever,” Toth said.READ MORE: Stanford Completes Season Sweep Of No. 15 USC, 64-61
Toth, who works at United Airlines in the passenger sales division, says he’s spent his weekends and vacation days working on the replica 747, which is equipped with electricity for in-flight films and food.
The mock plane also contains Pan Am coffee cups and dishes, as well as, emergency cards and a closet full of uniforms.
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“This particular model cost me a lot of money to build but it was completely worth it,” he said. “I guess there’s a part of me that wanted to recreate that brand and that image of flying.”