Day 8: on the ground in Seattle(ish)

The Future of Flight Aviation Center, the start of the Boeing-Everett tour

The Future of Flight Aviation Center, the start of the Boeing-Everett tour

After a week away from home, we decided to play it safe in Seattle, spending our rest day relaxing and avoiding the temptation to go to Seattle-proper and do too much.  The line crew at Castle & Cooke picked us up from our hotel, and took us to the rental car office — the service was better than yesterday’s “sorry, we just closed”, but not by much!

The main event for the day was a tour of Boeing’s widebody factory in Everett, which starts from the Future of Flight Aviation Center.  No cameras (or even phones) are allowed, so we knew it was going to be a real tour of the production line.  The tour guide was fantastic and showed our group a great time.  After the tour, we explored the museum, which is small but nicely done, and had a few significant airplanes on display: an old Glasair, a Beech Starship, and a battery-powered Diamond HK36 motor glider that Boeing’s R&D team had put together.

We drove to the sound and had a late lunch at Ivar’s in Mukilteo Landing — Art at EHFC recommended it, and the fish was worth the trip from Ithaca!  After lunch, we visited the plane to grab some random item we left in it (packing, unpacking, and then forgetting things in the plane is the story of the trip!), then spent some time relaxing at the hotel.  We joined a friend of Jean-Baptiste’s (from his time at Microsoft) for dinner, and called it an early night.  Boise tomorrow!

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