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8 - Mukilteo Beacon - December 2005 ]r ,!i iii || | t Ji i!i as you tour the gallery and learn more about PAuL ARCHIPLEY current and future jet technology, and pick up a iii e Beacon free souvenir print in the gift shop when you're done. r]' he carpet layers are still cutting, the electron- There are also up-close looks at the 787 "Dream- ics techs are still wiring, and the staff hasn't liner," from the composite (carbon fiber and tita- finished training, but the Future of Flight Avia- nium) skin of the fuselage prototype to the next tion Center & Boeing Tour looks to stick the land- generation of in-flight entertainment systems. ing when it opens to the public on Saturday. The fuselage, weighing just 1,800 pounds, is Even before officially opening its doors, the seamless, rivet-free and strong. center is drawing rave reviews. Most recently, In a demonstration for potential buyers, Boe- Northwest Construction magazine named it the ing engineers let the clients hit it with a sledge- "Best Public/Private Project of 2005."hammer. They couldn't dent it. Pre-opening visitors, from Boeing employees "That's what sold a lot of the airlines," Ward and their families to Gov. Gregoire, have peeked said. at the future - and glimpsed at the past - at the Overhead are several early composite air- non-profit center, planes, including the Rutan Quickie, designed The $15 ticket (adults) will include admission and built by Butt Rutan. to the Boeing tour, the Aviation Gallery, restau- He rocketed SpaceshipOne into history last rant, gift shop and rooftop observation deck. year when he became the first to pilot a private Boeing moves its popular tour operation to the manned spacecraft into space twice within two center, with an estimated 230,000 visitors expect- weeks and claimed a $10 million prize funded by ed in 2006- more than double the annual visitors billionaire Paul Allen. at the old center - said tour center manager Bill You also can ride aboard a multi-passenger Bagley. XJ5 flight simulator at supersonic speeds, stand It will be open daily, rather than the current next to a four-story-tall 747 tail, and volunteer weekday-only schedule, and tickets can be pur- your likes and dislikes (like those cramped seats chased in advance online, with barcodes keeping in coach!) in the Passenger Experience Research track of each visitor's tour time. Center. The tour begins in a state-of-the-art, 240-seat At this week's pre-opening tour for Boeing theater, employees and their families, visitors climbed A high-definition screen and surround sound all over a 777 Pratt & Whitney engine, prompting system will lead viewers through Boeing's his- organizers to decide to let the public do the same, tory, as well as a speedy assembly of a jet (seven Ward said. minutes compared to the true seven-month as- The displays will change along with the tech- sembly time), followed by tours of the 747 or 777 nology. assembly lines at the Boeing plant across the tar- "We're working with people all the time to see mac. what we can add and update," Ward said. The fun continues in the interpretive Aviation If you need a break and the weather's decent, Gallery where visitors can design their own jet, a stroll onto the rooftop "Strato Deck" provides said marketing director Sandy Ward. the closest look available of a major airstrip in You'll be able to test it digitally, make changes the U.S as well as the Boeing facilities and a pan- orama of the Cascades from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Baker. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is at 8415Paine Field Blvd Mukilteo. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30p.m. daily (except major holi- days). Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children under 17, and $14 for ages 65 and up. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boe- ing Tour offers plenty of family fun when it opens to the public Saturday. Pictured, clock- wise from top: Guests of the Everett Chamber of Commerce are dwarfed by jet parts in the center's Gal- lery; pre-opening visitors walk down the ramp to the interactive displays; a mother and child marvel at the size of a 777 jet engine; a 787 cabin prototype reveals double aisles, more headroom, large overhead storage bins and windows double the size of those in conven- tional jets; a couple read about the four-story- tall 747 tail at a kiosk.