I was privileged to go on the Boeing Factory Tour in Everett, WA and witness the production of 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner; I even saw a 747 DreamLifter on the runway. Boeing Factory lies about 30 minutes from downtown Seattle and it was very impressive. Before I went on the tour, some of the people I met gave me “facts” about the Boeing factory and I discovered that the information was false after the tour. So maybe you can call your friends out when they boast about the knowing everything 😉
|Boeing Factory Tour in Everett, WA
90 minutes tour. There will be a short movie clip about Boeing before the tour. Cost $15 per adult / $8 per child (6-15 yrs old) and there is a min height requirement of 4ft. Go early in Summer as tickets can be sold out early. Wear something comfortable as there will be lots of walking and moving around. Keep your phones, camera, purses, pda, etc in your car or in the coin lockers as they do not permit it.
Here are 10 myths / facts about the Boeing Factory.
Largest Building on Earth?
TRUE. Guinness World Records list the Boeing Everett factory as the largest building in the world by volume at 472 million cubic feed (13.3 million cubic meters).
True. The Everett factory is like a small city, requiring its own fire department, security force, fully equipped medical clinic, electrical substations and water treatment plant.
Boeing Factory employees 100,000 people?
False. There are about 30,000 people working at the Everett facility, and they work in three shifts around the clock.
The Boeing Factory is so big it that is rains in the factory?
False. Although the factory is the world’s largest building, it does not rain nor does it create any cloud / rain inside the factory building. However, when the factory was first built, clouds actually formed near the ceiling. The weather cleared when an air-circulation system was installed.
There is no air conditioning (a/c) on the production floor?
True. Due to the weather in Seattle which seldom peak over 90′, the production floor does not have any a/c. The temperature is regulated by two things, the weather outside and the light bulbs. If the factory is too warm, they would open the factory door and run fans to blow air into to the factory. And if it gets too cold, they rely on the light bulbs above the production floor. The factory uses over 1 million light bulbs!
Conventional cranes are used to move planes around during assembly?
False. There are twenty six overhead cranes that run a network of 39-miles of ceiling tracks throughout the factory. These ceiling cranes are used to lift and move airplane components and sections during the production process.
Is there a maze of walk way running below the factory?
True. There are 2.33 miles or 3.7 kilometers of pedestrian tunnels running below the factory. The tunnels are also utilized for operating the utilities and comes in handy during winter when getting around in the cold and snow can be a challenge.
There are 1,000 bicycles in the factory to help employees get around?
False. There are 1,300 bicycles and tricycles in the factory that is used by employees to get around.
The have the largest mural in the world?
True. According to the Guinness World Records, the mural on the six factory doors is the largest digital graphics in the world.
Rail running to the factory?
True. Boeing not only have a rail running to the factory but the rail spur running uphill to the factory from Great Northern Railway’s track is the steepest active standard-gauge railroad in the United States.
Per mentioned by one of the visitors, Matt Cawby which runs paineairport.com, he mention that the Great Northern Railway’s is managed by BNSF. Upon doing further research, Matt is correct and my apologies.