PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2163 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10910 times:
What a small world indeed!
Little did I know . . . driving down on the Speedway, having dinner at Ivar's and Kostas!
Imagine this, for the better part of my life I had this one big dream . . . visiting Boeing Everett.
I met my wife at my current employer, but she left the company shortly afterwards [for unrelated reasons] and started working for the Fluke Corporation, European headquarters at Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Little did I know . . . it was only after more than half a year when she reluctantly told that she had to leave me for a week, as she had to travel overseas for company business. So I asked here, where would that bring you to? She said "Oh, it's in the US of A, a place called Everett . . . " Near Seattle I asked? "How would you know that, utterly amazed on my world geography???"
So I got my first trip to Boeing Paine Field and stayed at the [company paid] Hilton Garden Inn for 10 days, while my soon-to-be-wife was working 10 hour days!
Second trip was a forced lay-over in Everett during our honeymoon last year as her boss, reluctantly, allowed our 33 day RTW trip, provided she put in three days worth of work during a very busy period. So our 8-stop RTW became a 9-stop RTW . . . !
One real disappoinment though was that I had been looking forward to seeing the 787 flying around Paine Field, as we started planning out honeymoon early 2008, with the Everett stop in Oct 2009.
Sorry for being a little off-topic [hope the mods have a little mercy here with me].
Astute, thanks for bringing these great memories! And off course for those very impressive tooling rigs for an even more impressive wing! Mukilteo . . . who would have thought of that!
Immigration officer: "What's the purpose of your visit to the USA?" Spotter: "Shooting airliners with my Canon!"
Perhaps their HQ location isn't all that much of a coincidence. They do plenty of business for Boeing too - they did assembly jigs at our site and I've seen their logo on tooling in other parts of the 787 program. It wouldn't at all surprise me if their name is on a lot of the equipment at Everett.