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Boeing builds airplanes in world’s largest room
March 28, 2014 - 04:27 GMT
In a building some 25 miles north of Seattle, several thousand people are quietly going about their daily jobs. A bicycle meanders through, carrying a walk-weary worker past the coffee shops, laundromats and restaurants inside, while a golf cart whirs along, hugging the perimeter and sticking to carefully marked lines on the floor.
It’s the world’s largest room
– a third of a mile from east to west, twice as long
north to south – and at any one time as many as 10
airplanes are being meticulously assembled inside it. The
continuous-roof building is home to Boeing’s
Everett plant, the assembly line for its twin-aisle airplanes,
including the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner. Putting its
scale into context, the size of the whole Everett facility is
equivalent to 46 Buckingham Palaces, five pyramids of Giza or
17 Taj Mahals. Yet the assembly lines are laid out to
perfection, with the gap between the walls and the planes
narrow. Driving the golf cart is Wes Bare, a former pilot who
now gives tours to executives visiting the plant. His love of
aviation and visible enthusiasm for imparting his knowledge of
it is infectious. According to Bare, Everett has its own police
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