Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour

Photo by: Joe Kunzler

LOCATED JUST 25 MILES NORTH OF SEATTLE, the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view 747, 777, and 787 Dreamliners being assembled on the Everett production line before they take to the sky. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes long and includes fascinating facts about Boeing and the planes that bear its name. After touring the assembly plant you can tour the Future of Flight gallery where the International Space Station module Destiny is on display. Learn what it's like to live in space. Walk the prototype laboratory on loan from the Museum of Flight. You can also digitally design your own jet and explore interactive displays and hands-on exhibits in the Future of Flight Aviation Zones. Touch and compare fuselage sections of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to yesteryear’s Boeing 707. Visit the Family Zone, take in a Weekend Family Workshop, and design and build a project in our 3-D Makerspace.

Please note:  Children must be at least 4 feet tall (122 cm) to take the Boeing tour, and all tours are conducted in English. Cameras and electronic devices, including cell phones, are allowed only in the Future of Flight Aviation Center and may not be taken to the factory. Free lockers are available at the Future of Flight.

The Boeing Tour involves walking down and up two steep flights of stairs at each end of the factory, walking through two large tunnels, the first .3 miles (.5 km) round trip, the second shorter, and riding two freight elevators to balconies overlooking the Boeing factory floor. With advance notice, special accommodations can be made for wheelchairs or physically challenged guests.

History:
The Boeing Company announced in 1966 that it would build the world's largest jet airliner, the 747. This would require the company to construct an equally impressive manufacturing complex. The complex is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest building in the world by volume. The building has grown over the years to enclose 472 million cubic feet of space (13.3 million cubic meters). Its footprint covers 98.3 acres (39.8 hectares) and houses assembly for Boeing twin-aisle airplanes—the 747, 767777 and 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing began officially conducting Everett factory tours in 1968, the year Boeing rolled out the first 747. During 1998, Boeing celebrated its 30th anniversary and welcomed the two millionth visitor to the Tour Center. Nearly ten years later, in November 2007, the three millionth visitor was welcomed and in 2008, the 40th anniversary of the Everett site was celebrated.

In 2005, the new Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour complex was completed, replacing the old tour center built in the early 1980s. In 1968, more than 39,000 visitors toured the factory where the largest airplane in the world was being built in the largest building in the world. In 2015, nearly 300,000 visitors from 185 countries visited the facility.

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