I went on the Boeing factory tour back around 1970 and it has remained in my memory every since. This time the tour is waaaay better, waaaaaaay bigger, and I know this will be on my mind forever.
The Future of Flight exhibit is perfect for anybody with even the most remote interest in flight. Adults will love checking out the gigantic engines, the kids will get a big kick from sitting in the cockpit of a 727. Everyone will love the first class seating display and the models. We were luck enough to enough discussing Boeing and airplanes with a retired engineer who was "working the floor." Great!
The tour itself is really something else. Superlatives are not enough. The trip is through the largest building in the world (by volume) and it is breathtaking. The airplanes are big, the building the bigger, the combination is amazing. Rather than go into details that you can read elsewhere, let me just assure you that this is an experience of the first magnitude.
Our guide, Susanne, answered all our questions. She has to be the most enthusiastic Boeing employee ever, and made sure that knew what was going on down below. You see, the views are from mezzanines high above the action. Those "ants" down there, those are the folks assembling the airplanes!
You need to be aware of a couple of things. First, no cameras, cell phones, bags, purses, etc. This is a real working factory, so even though we are in "safe zones" the whole time it is best to stick close to your guide and pay close attention to your surroundings. Small children are not allowed, there's a minimum height requirement. It really is for safety and not a joke.
Lastly, reserve your tickets online. This is among the most popular factory tours in the world, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to get tickets as a walk-up.
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