Monday, August 6, 2012

Side Views: Boeing's Future of Flight Aviation Center

A cold, grey sky loomed overhead, but no worries. It was a good day to see Boeing's Future of Flight Aviation Center. ETA in twenty...


On the last leg from a road trip two years ago, visiting the massive Boeing facilities seemed like the right way to end the trip.




Located in Mukilteo in Everett,  just 25 miles north from Seattle, it's a relatively short drive. Boeing's Everett facilities are home to the legendary 747, 767, 777 and the new 787 Dreamliner.


A short film starts the tour, and you board a bus for the production facilities. The tour is approximately 90 minutes as you walk through the world's largest hangar in terms of volume, or about 472,000,000 cubic feet. You will walk roughly a third of a mile, which includes underground tunnels and decks above the actual production floor.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes...here are some other tips before visiting the plant:
  • No cameras, still or video, are allowed on the tour. This includes other personal items like cellphones and binoculars. Lockers are provided, for a fee, to deposit these items before the tour.
  • Only children at least four feet tall are allowed on the tour.
  • No food and drink are allowed during the tour. A Cafe is located back at the Center, including a well-stocked gift shop.
  • Restrooms are not available during the tour.
Your walk will include some cool elevator lifts and steep stairs, and hearing and seeing an actual running production line is an experience, seeing different Boeing variants in various stages of completion, all housed in an enormous building. The size of the facility is the first thing that strikes you, seeing so many commercial jets being assembled under one roof.  Getting an inside look at a company that has shaped the global aviation industry is definitely an experience not to be missed.

After the tour, you can explore Boeing's impressive displays, and yes, this time you can bring your camera. Walking through the static and interactive displays is a great way to end the tour.


On the flight back home, it's great to know how these machines are made. Sadly, no photos from the impressive production facilities were allowed, but still, an awesome tour overall.

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12 comments:

  1. You had an amazing trip two years ago.. I have enjoyed seeing your adventure in all the posts. :)

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    1. Hi Ramona, thanks, it was an awesome road trip! Great to hear from you!

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  2. I live in the Pacific Northwest, technically, and I didn't know about this museum. What great photos!

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    1. Hi Cucina49, it's a really cool tour, an awesome peek into an actual production line! Thanks and great to hear from you!

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  3. I lived in Seattle for 10 years, worked a few miles from the Everett facility, but never had a chance to visit that Boeing museum (I've been to another one in Renton and Seattle). Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Hi Marina, it was an amazing tour! Seeing an actual production line was awesome, great to hear from you Marina!

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  4. Wow, this looks awesome. Love the photographs.

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    1. Hi Asmita, thanks! Unfortunately, cameras and cellphones were not allowed the actual production facilities, but still an awesome tour! Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Thanks, for taking us there through your lens. It is rather awesome.

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    1. Hi Jen, thanks! And thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Now, THIS is a tour that I would particularly be keen on! I love everything about the airlines industry and always think it's particularly cool to witness things BTS and what they do in this round the clock operation. Anyway, great post and sorry for not keeping in touch these days been too caught up with uni and work! But glad to see you're having fun as always. Have a good one buddy! =)

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    1. Hey Winston, thanks, it was an awesome tour, nothing like seeing the actual behind-the-scenes at a major production facility. Great to hear from you buddy!

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