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Originally published April 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Page modified April 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

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Boeing plans Paine Field building for Dreamlifter deliveries

Boeing plans to build a logistics building at Paine Field to store equipment for its fleet of giant Dreamlifter transport jets.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

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Boeing plans to build a large logistics facility on the northwest corner of Paine Field in Everett for its fleet of giant Dreamlifter transport jets used to transport 787 sub-assemblies from Japan, Italy, Wichita, Kan., and North Charleston, S.C.

The jetmaker needs a facility of approximately 30,000 square feet and the airport has identified a potentially suitable location just south of the Future of Flight building, between the runway and Paine Field Boulevard, known as "Kilo North."

A person familiar with the details said the building will store jigs, fixtures and tools associated with the Dreamlifter loading and unloading operations, as well as equipment and parts used to maintain the Dreamlifters.

The Dreamlifters will not be kept in the new building, and unloading operations should take place right outside.

Boeing paid for the design and engineering of the building. The county will pay to build it, then lease it back to Boeing, which is a typical arrangement for businesses around Paine Field.

Construction is expected to begin by late summer, said Snohomish County spokesman Christopher Schwarzen.

Dominic Gates: 206-464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

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