As part of a thread in the off-topic section of the Grand Banks Owners forum I found this video on YouTube and I thought some of the aviation-types on this forum might like to see it, too. It's one I produced back in the mid-2000s when the 737 was switched from a traditional slant-position line to a moving line.
We call these videos PTQs, for Put Together Quickly. The first one ever done at Boeing was back in the early 80s for the 767. When the 737 was switched to a moving line I was given the assignment to produce a new 737 PTQ showing the new assembly process.
So this is how we are able to produce 42 737s a month today. We shot all the footage ourselves including the opening scene--- BNSF "gave" me a brand new locomotive and a second one to use as the camera platform. The fully assembled fuselage shells come from Wichita to Renton, WA by train.
Interesting sidenote--- an employee from eastern Washington figured out how to load the seats into the plane using a modified hay bale loader. Prior to this the seats had to be taken up to the mezzanine level by elevator and then carried into the plane as individual units. The hay loader sped things up considerably.
We have made a lot of customized versions of this video for 737 operators all over the world who wanted their plane shown at the end. Southwest has had us do a number of versions with the assembly scenes shortened and more time given to the application of their special paint jobs, like their "Florida One" plane. Most recently I re-edited the video to show the installation of the new "Sky Interior," the 787-style interior we now put in the 737.
But this is the original video that we made for a Paris Airshow exhibit shortly after the moving line was fully implemented.
The time lapse and real time videography was done by Tom Wallace and Ed Turner, I produced the project and did the edit, and the music was composed, arranged, and recorded by Steve Allen (AM Music) using a number of local musicians.