Taken A Tour Of The Boeing Factory

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"All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness."
--
Mark Kennedy

Today, we headed out from Seattle to Everett where the
Boeing factory is. We went on a tour of the factory, which is the largest building in the world by volume (Disneyland can fit inside). This is where we got to see how they make three different kinds of planes.

The first of these was the
747, the largest of the planes they make. The thing that's amazing is that the inside of the factory looks like an assembly line, but instead of small items being produced, there are huge planes being constructed as it goes down the line.
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To see their newest model, the
787 Dreamliner, the tour group stands on a balcony that overlooks the production line. The 787 is built using composite material for most of its construction and consumes 20% less fuel than the similarly sized 767.
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Watching these humongous planes get constructed is truly an impressive sight to see. The hard working people of Boeing are always on the clock. They work 365 days a year (366 on leap years) and have day, swing, and graveyard shifts every single day. There are always people at the plant.
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After the tour, we checked out the Future of Flight Museum, which showcased a lot of the technologies of the 787, including its Rolls Royce engine.
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Here's what the Future of Flight Museum show floor looks like.
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I really enjoyed the tour. It is truly a marvel in American industrial ingenuity. The amount of time and effort it takes to put us all in the air on a major flight is not trivial, yet it's something many of us often take for granted. It's amazing thing to see and I recommend checking it out sometime.
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