Boeing Factory

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The Boeing Factory is about 25 miles north of Seattle. There is a big visitor centre with lots of bits of planes and interactive displays. A 42 foot tail from a 747 looks huge when you see a person standing beside it, then realize it's just the tail, the scale is impressive. Display sections of the new 787 Dreamliner are nice to see, the windows have a touch-screen shade control which looks very cool. Also inside are TV screens showing the features of the new plane.

The Boeing Factory is about 25 miles north of Seattle. There is a big visitor centre with lots of bits of planes and interactive displays. A 42 foot tail from a 747 looks huge when you see a person standing beside it, then realize it’s just the tail, the scale is impressive. Display sections of the new 787 Dreamliner are nice to see, the windows have a touch-screen shade control which looks very cool. Also inside are TV screens showing the features of the new plane.

The factory tour leaves every hour on the hour and costs about $15 per adult. You go on a bus past the airfield and park outside the largest building in the world. They take you underground thru a utilities tunnel for about a third of a mile (half the width of the building), then up an elevator to the observation deck high up over the 747 production line. There were about 3 different stages of production to see, from the nose section, to the wing attachment, and finally a whole plane less the engines. The doors on either end of the line are about the size of a football pitch. There are 3 lines like this making 747’s, and the other 3 lines make 787’s, 777’s & 767’s. Unfortunately, no cameras or phones or bags etc are allowing inside the factory. But you can go nuts in the visitor centre!

http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/tours/

written by fash_on on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #washington #aircraft

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