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Boeing’s History in Renton


Most people who live in Renton probably know of this company. It’s foundation and history go way back into the 90s. I definitely known a lot of people in my lifetime who have worked for or done some form of work for Boeing. It’s not surprising, considering the Boeing 737 factory in Renton is one of the biggest and most well known aircraft factories in the world, in terms of efficiency. The 737 is the largest commercial aircraft manufactured in aviation history. The 737 factory in Renton takes up 1.1 million square feet of land space, and rolls out an astounding 47 airplanes a month! Isn’t that just incredible? Military craft and submarines are also built at this factory.

Renton has always been a big name for aviation. Dating back to even in 1943 WWII where the Navy and aircraft used to build the PB2B Sea Ranger bomber and B-29 Superfortress. Then in 1954, the factory that the airforce bought over was used to build the monumental Boeing Dash 80. Which is one of the most significant aircrafts built in aviation history. From there on, the Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker and the 707, which is the worlds very first commercially used aircraft for international flight travel, where build on the foundation of the Dash 80. Renton then went on to lead the way into producing the 737, 757 and 767.

All things considered, disregarding the colorful history that aviation has carved into Renton, it’s a pretty nice place to live. Big companies like Boeing contribute a lot to the economy and survival of the people living in Renton. I’d like to thank Boeing on the behalf of all the people living in renton for being a part of our community!

Some fun facts about Boeing’s history in Renton:

  • The XPBB-1 Ranger was the first airplane built in Renton and only one was built, prompting the nickname “Lone Ranger.”
  • From 1974 to 1985, the Renton plant also was a shipbuilding facility; military hydrofoil missile ships and commercial jetfoils were produced alongside the aircraft production lines.
  • From airplanes to elephants: From July 1946 to 1949, no aircraft were built in Renton. The plant was used for other purposes, such as a temporary home for a circus—including elephants.
  • On average, over 2,000 737 airplanes are in the air at any given time.*
  • One 737 takes off or lands every 2.0 seconds.*
  • For all 737 models, there are approximately 24,000 scheduled passenger flights per day. This means that 31 percent of all commercial flights are on 737s.***
  • The 737 family has carried more than 16.8 billion passengers; that is equivalent to every single man, woman and child flying at least twice. (2013 world population was 7.1 billion).*
  • The 737 has flown more than 119.0 billion miles; equivalent to approximately 640 round trips from the earth to the sun.* This represents more than 184 million flights recording 264 million flight hours.
  • With approximately 5,580 airplanes in service, the 737 represents more than a quarter of the total worldwide fleet of large commercial jets flying today.
  • Each of the four large commercial jetliners built at Renton—the 707, 727, 737 and 757—has surpassed the 1,000-aircraft-delivery milestone, a record of success unmatched by any other aircraft production facility in the world.
  • There are over 40 miles of wire on the 737 Next-Generation aircraft and approximately 600,000 total parts on a Next-Generation 737 airplane.

*As of December, 31, 2013
**Ascend Worldwide (January 7, 2014)
***OAG, August 2013. Nonstop, ticket-selling flights.

Source and credit for information used in this post: http://www.boeing.com/company/about-bca/renton-production-facility.page

About Joseph Hudson

Joseph is a long time local from Renton, and contributor for the Piazza Renton blog. He's a photographer by day and also enjoys playing video games with his 2 sons, Murphy and Jacob.