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Honey, There's an Airplane in the Garage

By October 31, 2009

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Here's a story that makes me feel like I haven't even begun to tap my garage's potential. The Wall Street Journal has a story about a fellow named Anthony Toth, who really likes airplanes. He likes them so much, in fact, that he's constructed a replica of a first-class Pan Am 747 cabin in his garage.

Toth, who works for United Airlines, has spent more than 20 years and about $50,000 on his project, where friends and airline enthusiasts now gather from time to time to watch movies and sip cocktails.

Pan Am, which declared bankruptcy in 1991, was the first American airline to fly internationally and the first to fly Boeing 747 jumbo jets. Toth began collecting Pan Am items in the 1970s, while he was just a kid. He built his first replica of a cabin when he was 12. When he bought his first home a few years ago, he made sure that it had a garage large enough to contain his airplane cabin configuration.

The garage/cabin is not open to the public, but Toth hopes someday to turn his collection and creation into a museum. Fortunately, he lives in a condo, so he probably doesn't have to worry about where to store the mower.


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