So, maybe this isn't one of the holy grails of boombox collecting nor is it made by one of the big name boombox manufacturers. I don't think it was ever used in a music video either. But, the Montgomery Ward Airline also known as the Gen-3996 is actually a pretty cool box. Airline was the house brand of Montgomery Ward and I believe were manufactured by a company in Taiwan.
Not a lot of flashy chrome and overall it's a little subdued but definitely has a unique look to it. If you saw one laying on the side of the road you'd know what it was right away. Check out the cool knobs...
Those LED's light up green and red to add a Christmasy effect to the box. It has some features too! AM, FM SW1, SW2, SW3 and a red LED signal strength meter. The sound comes out of 16cm woofers and 5cm tweeters and the single cassette has full auto shut off. Unfortunately it doesn't have a Line in so no playing your iPod through unless you mod it.. I guess quite a few people agree with my assessment of its coolness because one recently sold for over $200 which isn't bad for a boombox you'd probably laugh at before you saw it.
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