This is incredible. And the post (here) really piqued our interest in visiting Everett. Where’s this place you ask? Well, it’s near Seattle and if you had read the link, you’d know that this town is home to Boeing. Yep, we’re talking about the folks who make a lot of the aircrafts we fly on.
We are sure you agree it is incredibly complex to build an aircraft. And enormous ones too. They have to be not only sturdy and safe but also efficient to operate too. That’s a fine balance to achieve and an incredible feat + amount of engineering effort is expended in the design and manufacture of each airliner. Noticed we said ‘liner’. Because today the airplane is no longer just a craft. It has evolved to be not only large to accomodate a lot of passengers, but it has also tacked on much more in amenities too. It all started with the flat beds in business class and we have ‘graduated’ to having showers and little apartments on board too…
Unlike mass market software, mass market passenger aircrafts cannot fail and reboot. That’s the difference between Microsoft and Boeing in our opinion. Hence a greater interest in getting there to see how these giants of transportation are put together.
One day. Perhaps we can visit the shipyards where the giant cruise ships are constructed too. You know, they are like little cities these days! But for now, it costs a mere US$16 to visit the Boeing plant. Would you go if you are ever in Everett?