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Boeing Factory Tour Renton

BOEING Factory Tour

I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour of the Boeing 737 Factory in Renton / Seattle Washington a few years back now. Now you just don’t get these opportunities to do something like this, so when it occurs you jump at the chance. Boeing does run some tours but mainly at Everett. So I’d thought I’d upload a couple of pictures from the day. This was an amazing experience. If you’ve had the chance to fly anywhere, it’s more than likely that you’ve flown on a Boeing aircraft and also the chances are that it was a 737 type aircraft. These style of aircraft have been around since 1966 and cost from around $30 million to over $100 million depending on configurations. So save your pennies if you are looking to purchase one.

The process of building an aircraft has been so streamlined now that the aircraft are being built in about 2 weeks from when the fuselage enters the hanger. Below are a couple of photos of the factory before the streamlining process and after.  You will  see the clogged hanger in the before photo and the clean flowing photo afterwards. This increase productivity by allowing the aircraft to be in constant motion in the hanger and at the end of the day that produces more planes for Boeing’s customers.

There is kilometers/miles of cabling that goes into these birds and how the build crew put these together is just an amazing feat. There are very tight working conditions and a lot of pressure to ensure that everything is done correctly as every aircraft has a set number of components allocated IE. nuts and bolts allocated to them, so they can’t have any left over or be short either. To add to that, each plane has it’s on configuration for each customer. One thing that is amazing is how small an empty plane looks with no seats in it.

If you ever get a chance to get to Seattle, make sure you head out to the Museum of Flight if you can’t get access to the Boeing factory.

 

B737 For Virgin Blue

In the cockpit of a 737 being built for Virgin

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Sydney Long Exposures from North Sydney

Sydney from Kirribilli, North Sydney

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Long exposures of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Skyline from Kirribilli (North Sydney) with thanks to Emma and the team from Canon Collective.
 Sydney Skyline

 Sydney Harbour Bridge Opera House

 Sydney Harbour Bridge

 Sydney Opera House

 Opera House

ANZAC Day storm over Breakfast Point

Breakfast Point ANZAC Day Storm.

 

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Breakfast Point Clubhouse Anzac Day Storms

 

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Breakfast Point Clubhouse Anzac Day Storms

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Breakfast Point Clubhouse Anzac Day Storms

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Breakfast Point Clubhouse Anzac Day Storms

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Anzac Day 2015

ANZAC Day 2015

I thought I’d upload a couple of photos from some ANZAC commemorations that were held in Gosford NSW on the 25th of April 2015.

History of ANZAC day can be found on Wikipedia

 Anzac Day 2015 Poppies

Anzac Day 2015 Poppies

 Anzac Day 2015 old soldier

Anzac Day 2015 old soldier

 Anzac Day 2015  at memorial

Anzac Day 2015 soldiers at memorial

 Anzac Day 2015

Anzac Day 2015 at memorial

 Anzac Day 2015  flags at half mast

Anzac Day 2015 flags at half mast

 Anzac Day 2015 soldier with head bowed

Anzac Day 2015 soldier with head bowed

 Anzac Day 2015 old diggers

Anzac Day 2015 old diggers

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New Years Day Sun Halo

New years day full Sun Halo

On New Years Day or otherwise know as  1st of January 2014 while having a group family BBQ  to celebrate the start of a new year at Davistown, New South Wales Australia, we witnessed a rare occurrence of a Sun Halo.

What is a sun halo. Well thanks to wikipedia “it is an optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky. Many are near the sun or moon but others are elsewhere and even in the opposite part of the sky. They can also form around artificial lights in very cold weather when ice crystals called diamond dust are floating in the nearby air. They are produced by the ice crystals in cirrostratus clouds high (5–10 km, or 3–6 miles) in the upper troposphere. The particular shape and orientation of the crystals is responsible for the type of halo observed. Light is reflected and refracted by the ice crystals and may split up into colors because of dispersion. The crystals behave like prisms and mirrors, refracting and reflecting sunlight between their faces, sending shafts of light in particular directions.”

This was the first time I had seen one so, like all things you take a photo. Now trying to take a photo directly into the sun is no easy feat. For one  it’s hard enough looking into the sun on a hot summers day at lunchtime around 1pm, let alone being able to seen anything in camera’s  LCD screen. Anyway after  a few tweaks of the exposure the  below was my best photo to show the sun halo.

 

Sun Halo or nimbus

Sun halo, new years day Australia 2014

Have you seen a sun halo and if so when and where have you seen one?

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