Dreamlifter

Dreamlifter

The Boeing Everett assembly plant, one of the largest buildings (by volume) in the world, employs some 41,000 people. After viewing a five-minute informational video, we boarded a bus for a trip to the factory where we made two stops. First, we took an elevator up three floors and looked at 747s in various stages of assembly. On the second stop, we took an elevator up four floors where we saw 777s being built on one side and 787s on the other. The sleek, jumbo 787s are in high demand with 12 coming off the assembly line each month, but 1,000 on order. Security for this tour is tight with no purses, backpacks, and electronic devices such as cellphones and cameras. After the plant tour, we took a quick pass through the exhibits in the aviation center gallery. I was impressed by the GE90 engine. Another display refers to the materials used to make airplanes lighter: wood, steel, aluminum, titanium, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. From the Strato Deck, we watched a Dreamlifter land! This is a modified 747-400 passenger airline that transports supplies for the 787. It has a wingspan of 200 feet, length of 244 feet, height of 70 feet, cargo capacity of 65,000cubic feet, and maximum take of weight of 803,000 pounds.

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