Friday, January 27, 2012

Plant Trek: Boeing

For the Boeing tour started with the 737 Delivery Center and Paint Hangers. We went to the Future of Flight Aviation Center after the facility tours. We had an executive lunch and I enjoyed getting to talk with head of Boeing defense engineering. Lunch was followed by the Everett factory tour where we saw the 787 and 777 lines being made. The final stop was the 787 Dreamliner Gallery Tour, which was my favorite part. This is where Boeing brings customers to help them pick out their plane seats, lavatories, crew quarters, and fabric/color schemes. We were like a bunch of kids in a playground!

Fun Facts:
  • Disneyland’s footprint can fit into Boeing’s Everett facility
  • A fellow LGO, Ben Mussi, has 6 patents on the 787- Boeing’s newest airplane
  • Another fellow LGO, Erick Corona, has flown on 34 test flights of the 787
  • 48% of Boeing’s workforce is eligible for retirement in the next 4 years
  • The hanger that cures the paint job is kept at 120 degrees
  • It takes 40-60 gallons to paint an airplane; this adds 200-450 lbs of weight
  • A Boeing airplane retails for $70M
  • The last plane Boeing introduced before the 787 was the 777 which was first sold in 1992- 20 years ago
  • The Everett facility is the largest building in the world by volume (472,370,319 cu ft) and covers 98.3 acres
  • There were birds flying around the facility

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