Mark & Connie's Vacation 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
On Monday, we drove up to the Boeing plant in Everett, WA, and the
Future of Flight Museum and plant tour. The tour was worth the
time and the money (cost is $20 per person less a AAA discount of a
The magnitude of the facility and what they do there is
amazing. It's the largest building in the world by volume they
claim. They build the 747, 787, and 737s there. The
paint building is separate and of course they have an airport for
testing the planes before they turn them over to the
customer. The planes cost around $300 million, and that
does not include the engines. You buy the engines separately
from the engine company (Rolls Royce, or GE predominately).
You can't take any cameras in the plant, so I have no photos from
inside the plant. I took one video of a 737 landing.
Here's a still from the video.
The building on the left is the assembly plant. The
buildings on the right are the paint shops.
Interesting fact: paint can add up to 1000 pounds to the
The B17 has just landed after giving a joy ride. $500
per person for 20 minute ride. The props are runing..
the plane is taxiing.
Flying Heritage Collection. This is one of the two buildings they have. Many, maybe most of the planes they have or airworthy and are flown periodically. They had two German fighters that they were prepping for flying on the coming Saturday when we were there.
The Museum of Flight in Seattle. This museum is established by Boeing and has primarily Boeing planes
Two Connies. This is one of the exceptions to having exclusively Boeing planes in the museum. The plane is a Lockheed Constellation, AKA "Connie."
Sunday the 23rd