Boeing does not offer any tours of its Renton, Washington factory where, most prominently, Next-Generation Boeing 737 airliners are built today, and the Boeing 737-MAX will be built in the near future.
Boeing has had the following operations at the Renton plant, which is conveniently adjacent to the Renton Municipal Airport.
- The Renton factory built B-29 Superfortress, a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber.
- After the second world war Boeing closed the Renton plant. In 1948, Boeing re-opened the Renton facilities to build the Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter for the United States Air Force.
- Starting from the 1950s, the Boeing 367-80 and the Boeing 707 were built in Renton. The first production Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker first flew in August 1956 and the first production Boeing 707 rolled out of Renton in October 1957. Boeing produced 707s until April 1991.
- Boeing also used the Boeing 707 final assembly building to manufacture the Boeing 727 three-engined aircraft between 1963 and 1982.
- The Boeing 737 aircrafts built have their first flight out of the adjacent Renton Municipal Airport and then flown to Boeing Field for final preparation and delivery. Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes offers great photo gallery flashback to celebrate the 737’s past, present and future.
- The Renton plant refurbished the first four 747s ever built.
- The Renton plant built Boeing 757, the revered twin-engine short-to-medium-range airliner.
Visiting the Boeing Renton Plant: Cedar River Path & Logan Avenue
If you sincerely just want to glimpse at the plant itself, you can see it acceptably from Logan Avenue right outside of The Landing Mall. At the intersection of Logan Avenue and Park Street (map), if you cross the street there is a small grassy area right where Gate D-9 is.
There’s also a jogging / walking path along the Cedar River near the Renton Stadium where you can get pretty close to some parked 737s in various stages of manufacturing. The GPS coordinates are 47.49029,-122.211635.
Visiting Other Boeing Facilities in and around Seattle
- Near Everett, Washington, you can visit the The Future of Flight Aviation Center and take the Boeing Tour of Boeing’s wide-body facilities. The The Future of Flight Aviation Center is located in Mukilteo, Washington, about 25 miles north of Seattle.
- South of downtown Seattle, in the city of Tukwila, Washington, you can also visit King County International Airport-Boeing Field, you can take Boeing Field Tours during the Spring and Summer. At the Museum of Flight, an outdoor annex features the display of the first Boeing 747 airliner, a British Airways Concorde, and a specially built Boeing 707-120 for the first presidential jet.