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Boeing Factory Tour: Jaw Dropping Glimpse into the World of Flight

Boeing Factory Tour: Jaw Dropping Glimpse into the World of Flight

Photo Compliments of dolanh

Photo Compliments of dolanh

I would give anything to take my grandfather by the hand and walk him through these exhibits and tour this part of our world that exists because of what he accomplished, what men like him did. He was a mechanic who bought and re-built his first plane right after WW I, he flew a Ford Trimotor plane between WWI and WWII and did airshows to feed his family. When WWII did come he worked for Curtis-Wright to help in the war effort…I would love to know what he thought of what we have done with our time here on earth, with his legacy. I imagine him sitting in the pilot’s seat just touching the controls and instruments with that same look on his face you see in the picture of the young boy.

Boeing Factory Tour Which Technically is the Future of Flight – Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

Just 25 minutes north of Seattle at the Everett Boeing production facility you have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view 747, 767, 777, and 787 jets being assembled on the Everett product line before they make that first flight from Paine Field. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes long and includes fascinating facts about Boeing and the planes that bear its name. If you are a lifelong Seattleite or you are visiting from out-of town this is one of those events you remember forever. It ranks alongside of your visit to the lodge on Rainier, the ferry ride to Friday harbor, seeing Snoqualmie Falls, the Chihully Glass Gardens in the spring…This should be on your “must do” list.

During the tour you will have an opportunity to explore the dynamics of flight and experience new aviation innovations. You will design and virtually test your own jet. You will strap yourself into the Innovator for an exhilarating trip to virtual destinations and experiences like the Battle for Iwo Jima, a Grand Prix Race, or you will experience a barnstorming stunt plane. You will get to go behind the scenes at Boeing—in the world’s largest building (this building is so large it actually has its own weather pattern- 472,000,000 cubic feet) to watch the very same jets you may one day be a passenger on being assembled.

Boeing Factory Tour

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Quick (Boeing Factory Tour) Information Facts

  • All tours are conducted in English and last 90 minutes.
  • Boeing does not permit still photos or video cameras on the tour.
  • Children must be at least 4 feet tall to go on the tour (this is enforced).
  • Visitors may not carry babies on the tour. There is no child-care facility at the Future of Flight & Boeing.
  • There are no exceptions to safety rules & regulations.
  • No personal items are allowed on the tour including: purses, backpacks, cameras, binoculars, cell phones, etc. Lockers are available on-site, for a small fee, at the Future of Flight.
  • The tour will require a one-third-mile walk, 21 steep stairs, and an elevator ride. You need to be capable of doing this.
  • The tour can be done by wheelchair-bound and physically-challenged visitors with advance notice. Please advise Boeing through their information line of these needs when making reservations.
  • There are restroom facilities and a cafe at the Future of Flight, but restrooms are not available during the tour itself.
  • No food or drink are allowed on the Boeing Tour (please honor this and do not bring your Starbucks with you).
  • Sign-language interpreters are available for all Boeing tours upon request with at least two weeks’ notice.

What You Will See On the Boeing Factory Tour

  1. 787 Dreamliner factory production
  2. World’s largest building
  3. Full sized 777 jet engine exhibit
  4. Theater presentation of 777
  5. Virtual tour of 787 flight deck
  6. Real 787 composite fuselage
  7. Mock-up of 787 Dreamliner interior
  8. Video history of Boeing 707-787
  9. 3 Screen 787 Dreamliner presentation

General Boeing Factory Tour Information You Need To Know

Address

8415 Paine Field Blvd (Map & Directions)
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
Information-Local Line (425) 438-8100
Information-Toll Free (888) 467-4777
You can e-mail for more details sandy@futureofflight.org

Admission & Ticket Pricing

Value — Jan 3 to Mar 31 & Oct 1 to Dec 24 (check for summer rates)
Adult Reserved $16.00
Adult Walk-Up $18.00
Youth Reserved (15 and under) $9.00
Youth Walk-Up (15 and under)$10.00
Future of Flight — Gallery Only $10.00

Boeing Tour Same-Day Ticketing

A limited quantity of same-day, non-reserved Boeing tour tickets are sold onsite through ticketing kiosks, beginning at 8:30 AM each day. Tickets tend to sell out rapidly June through September.
To ensure admission, it is best to reserve your ticket and tour time in advance online or by phone. Gallery Only tickets can be purchased onsite.

Reserve Tickets Online or By Phone
Tickets for guaranteed tour times can be reserved online or by phone at (800) 464-1476 or by calling (360) 756-0086 between 9 AM and 5 PM (Pacific Time). You can also make reservations online.

Hours

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Boeing factory tours begin at 9 AM and are offered on the hour with the last tour time starting at 3 PM (9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM Pacific Time). Additional tour times may be added during high season (June to September). On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the Future of Flight closes at 1:30pm with the last Boeing Tour of the day beginning at 11:00 AM.

This schedule is subject to change. For the most up-to-date tour times available call (800) 464-1476.

Boeing Factory Tour…Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour Website

Future of Flight Website

ADA Accessible Tours Offered Twice Daily

Call in advance to ensure proper accommodations (800) 464-1476

Physical Requirements

The tour does involve walking approximately one-third of a mile, climbing 21 steep stairs, riding an elevator 35 feet above the factory floor and walking through a tunnel. With advanced notice, special accommodations can be made for wheel chairs or physically challenged guests. Cameras and cell phones are not permitted.

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2 Comments

  1. Charlie… your opening lines of this post brought tears to my eyes… and I could imagine what your Grand Father would have done at such an exhibit… hell I can imagine how I’d enjoy it, for a person like him it would be pure magic…
    I took my Father, just before he died, to a war museum that had all the old tanks from the second world war… he was a tank driver during that war… I just stood back and watched him, he was like a small child, climbing in and out and though he was young again… the pleasure of watching him was worth more than anything money can buy…

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