ThomasWarloe From Norway, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5336 times:
I am planning to take the Boeing Tour, and I was wondering about photography opportunities. I know that photography is not permitted on the tour itself. Is photography allowed from the spotting area at the factory? Also, if I go on a Sunday will there be anything going on? Sorry if this has already been discussed before; i searched online and on these forums and could not find much about the topic.
dlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5310 times:
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The Boeing Tour is at Paine Field (KPAE), not Boeing Field (KBFI). The tour begins and ends at the Future of Flight Center. There is a balcony at the Future of Flight Center that is an excellent spot to shoot from - you only need about an 85mm lens. Also, there is a berm on the east side of the parking lot that is good for shooting.
cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5159 times:
The museum and the factory tour are two completely different buildings. In fact, they're on opposite sides of the airport. The factory is Boeing property, etc. etc. I don't know if the museum belongs the Boeing. There's also a hotel next to the museum.
Down at Boeing Field (really named King County International Airport), the Museum of Flight has a lot of Boeing stuff, but isn't owned by Boeing.
rightstuffphoto From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5136 times:
I can recommend the tour. It's very informative and even though you can't take cameras it's still worth doing.
For photography I would give Paine Field a miss. There is usually little going on. Better to take the 45 minute drive south down I-5 to Boeing Field. Even at weekends there is always plenty to see and photograph. Go to the mid-field parking lot on the west side of the airport and shoot away. The local cops leave you alone and if fact will usually give you a friendly wave as they patrol inside the fence. Speaking of the fence, if you have steps take them as it's over 6 feet high.
Right now there are four 787s and two 747-8s at Boeing Field together with a multitude of different new 737s. Add this to the usual biz-jets, GA, Cargo Traffic (late in the afternoon) and the regular military visitors you'll have a great time. Hope this was helpfull. This is my "local" so I'll probably see you there.