Boeing factory tour... what a blast!May 20 in the United States
When you’re a plane nerd like I’m becoming and you’re in Seattle you have to the Boeing factory... right! Just like climbing a mountain!!
Firstly we saw a wonderful display of some military and domestic planes, plus hints of the manufacturing process of the current 787. Did you know the body of the Dreamliner is Kevlar?
Then it was off to the factory, the largest building in cubic volume in the world, minus all our electronic equipment. No pics for you, unfortunately. So let me be your eyes for a couple of minutes.
Our bus trip across Paine Airfield revealed many new planes, 777, 787, 767, 747, to name a few. All were in various stages of pre-flight testing or painting prior to their customer handover.
Getting off the bus we were led down stairs into one of many tunnels running under the building for ease of movement across the vast distances. Then up onto an observation deck to see the manufacturing processes of the 767, the 747 cargo and the latest offering, the very popular Dreamliner, 787-8.
The exciting news for Boeing is the next offering, due in 2019, is the 777X, purportedly will be the longest commercial plane in existence. We had a sneak peak of the test version currently being built.
It was good to see the factory, to gets a glimpse of what keeps us safe in the sky as we fly around the world. An afternoon well spent!Read more