Trip to the Boeing Factory

Today was the first day of LEAP. The program is so packed that the 10 minutes I have now are not enough to blog anything meaningful about it yet. We haven't seen much of the Microsoft campus yet as we drove in and out in the dark.

Yesterday with 6 colleagues we went to the Boeing factory in Everett, WA. Everett lies just to the north of Seattle. The Boeing factory tour led us into the giant hall where the Boeing 767, 777 and 747 airplanes are produced. In March 2007 they will start work on the new 787 "Dreamliner" plane. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take photocameras or any other electronic equipment with us to the assembly hall. That assembly hall is the largest building in the world measured in volume. It is so big that it has its own microclimate. The hall doesn't have heating or air conditioning because it doesn't need to. A large amount of aircraft fit into this building. According to the tour guide the entire Disneyland Park California park could fit inside the building and there would still be room to spare. We saw Boeing 777 aircraft at various stages of assembly.

Next to the factory lies the Boeing "Future of Flight" visitor center. We were allowed to take pictures there. Here are a couple of those pictures:

Tail of a Boeing 747

Pratt & Witney Jet Engine

Hall of the Future of Flight

And here is a brand new Boeing 777 waiting to be delivered to KLM
Boeing planes waiting for final testing

My pictures of the trip so far can be viewed on Flickr.

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