After the Flying Heritage Museum, we headed over to the other side of Paine Field to go on The Boeing Factory Tour. The Boeing Factory itself is the largest building in the world by volume….. its huge…. So just being near the building is quite interesting.
The tour started at The Future of Flight Museum with a movie updating everyone on who Boeing I and what Boeing does (as if we didn’t know). From there, the tour groups are driven to the factory on tour buses. Once at the factory, you walk into the tunnel below the building until you get about half way across (about 1/3 mile) then you head up in an elevator.
Throughout the tour you see how they make three of their different aircrafts including the new Dreamliner. The tour is $15 and its really interesting to hear all the facts and see the giant building and get a feel for how airplanes are made. I will admit, however, that there wasn’t anything on the tour that amazed me, it was pretty much as I expected. Near the end of the tour or guide even told us that we could get all of the information he told us off the Boeing website.
After touring the building, you’re brought back to the Future of Flight where they have exhibits. Its interesting. I went with Matt (who used to work for Boeing) and my father (who is really into airplanes) so it was a pretty good way to spend an afternoon.