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Celebrating 100 Years of Boeing, from the 707 to the 787

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From the 737 MAX popping up at Farnborough to the company’s 100th birthday celebration in Seattle, it’s been a very busy few days for Boeing. And we’ve been there for all of it. After a fantastic week at the Farnborough Air Show, I caught a Delta flight to Seattle for Boeing’s Centennial celebration, just south of the city.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

As part of the festivities, the company lined up its entire 7-Series of airliners, from the 707 to the 787 Dreamliner, and entertained employees with executive addresses (including one from CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who I spotted meeting with David Cameron a few days before) and free visits to the Museum of Flight.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Boeing 7-Series Lineup

The highlight for me was having a chance to check out Boeing’s entire 7-Series collection up close. I’ll run through each of the planes below.

First up is the Omega Tanker 707, which is currently used for aerial refueling.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Next is a Delta 717, which the airline typically operates on shorter Delta Shuttle routes, such as New York to Boston.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Then a United 727, which is the first 727 Boeing manufactured. It was delivered to United back in 1964.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

I also spotted an American Airlines 727, which will soon head to its new home at the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Then there’s an Alaska Airlines 737, which is decked out in Boeing’s Centennial livery. The 737 is Boeing’s most prolific plane to date.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

I also spotted a 737 MAX in flight, having just departed Boeing Field.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

After that there’s the Queen of the Skies, the 747, represented by a Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

A Lufthansa 747 passed over the field as well, just before the CEO’s address.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Moving on, United made a second appearance with its 757-200.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

A Delta 757 flew overhead during the afternoon as well.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Meanwhile, the next 7-Series plane is represented by a FedEx 767 — not exactly the most exciting livery, but FedEx is an important Boeing customer.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Then, nearly all the way at the back is a yet-to-be-delivered Emirates 777-300ER.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

And an Emirates 777 in flight, which was coming in to land at SEA.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

And last but certainly not least is the same brand-new ANA 787-9 Dreamliner that made an appearance just a few days before at the Farnborough Air Show.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Museum of Flight

Home to Boeing’s Centennial celebration, the Museum of Flight is located at King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Visitors can tour a variety of planes, including a version of Air Force One based on the Boeing 707.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

Inside, you’ll find a variety of aircraft, including the forward section of a USAir (the former name of US Airways) 737.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

There’s also the only remaining M-21, a variation of the CIA’s Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

The museum even has its very own Dreamliner — the third model manufactured by Boeing, which wasn’t suitable for sale to an airline.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

During Boeing’s Centennial, there was also an opportunity to see the latest United livery alongside one from (many) years past.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

One of the museum’s centerpieces is Boeing’s “Red Barn” — the original manufacturing plant.

Boeing 100 Years Seattle

The Museum of Flight is open daily from 9:00am until 5:00pm, with adult tickets available for $21 online or $23 at the door. You can also pre-book a variety of tours for an additional fee.

What’s your favorite Boeing airplane?

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