Boeing: Future of Flight Tour

boing20160808_112651aAugust 8, 2016 –We visited the Boeing Everett Factory near Seattle, WA. It is the largest building in the world by volume, covering almost 100 acres. … the building is so big that it created it’s own clouds and weather, until a special air circulation system was designed to manage it.  Each of the doors which you see in the heading above (painted with gigantic murals) is more than half the size of a football field.

More than 30,000 people work here (no, we didn’t see ALL of them), and the factory has its own fire department, security force, medical clinic, water treatment plant, cafeteria, coffee shops, day care center and fitness center.

We were given a tour of the plant but were not allowed to take any pictures inside for “security reasons.”  Therefore, the pictures below are scanned from the Boeing book called In Plane View: A Pictorial Tour of the Boeing Everett Factory.   In the gift shop, we bought airplane Lego sets for grand-kids Zack, Preston & Julian who we would be seeing soon and who are Lego enthusiasts.

These huge planes are actually made on an assembly line on a U-shaped track that moves about 1.8 inches per minute.  Each plane has about 3,000,000 parts.  Across the ceiling are tracks where huge cranes go back and forth.

Below, the body parts of a 747-8 Freighter comes together for the first time.

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There is scaffolding all over the plane so that workers can access all those parts that need attention.    Near the lower left of the picture below you can see some trucks but the people are hardly visible.  You can see more details if you click on the picture to enlarge it.   When a worker has to go inside the wing area, that is one of the most dangerous jobs; somebody on the outside operates a timer — if he doesn’t return within a certain amount of time, they pull  him out.

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There were walkways high up around the outside areas which gave us a great view similar to what you see in the pictures above.

 

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