Project Updates gives you a look into the day-to-day workings of the project.

Oct. 1, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this update: Magnetic rotor gets a water cooling system: Mobilizer gets a new paint job: And Christmas arrives early at the Eagle Hangar.

Fall weather is definitely here and rain is in our forecast as Team NAE™ arrived at our Spanaway, WA  hangar.  The big red North American Eagle™ is being readied for her trip down to California lake bed country next month.  Test runs are anticipated to be in mid-range 400 to 500mph, weather and conditions permitting.

Sept. 24, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this update: Mid-Wheel fairings: Start Cart tuned up: Endevco and Embassy International visit the Eagle.

A big turnout of team NAE™ members today as our jet car (former USAF Tail # 56-0763 F-104 Starfighter jet plane) is being readied for mid-range speed runs in November. Once the fastest airplane in the world, the North American Eagle™ continues on its quest to setting a new world speed record on land.  Present today:  Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, John Drury, Bernard McVay, Sean Rondestvedt, Rob Martinson, Larry Martinson, Chris Greene, Dave Selby and friend, Jason, Von Armstrong, Jon Higley, Corey Dawson,  and Omar Chramosta.  Visitors this week were Chris’s parents Angie and Tad.

Sept. 17, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Endevco pressures sensors are laid out; Mid-wheel fairings: Dust debris curtains trimmed and great-grandkids!

We are thinking fall has arrived early here in the Pacific Northwest, leaving summer days few and far behind as team NAE™ members met to continue preparations for the test run sessions in November:  Steve Wallace, Libby Wallace, Tom Tiede, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Darren Grove, Chris Greene, John Winchester, Bernard McVay, Keith Zanghi and Laura Sawicki.

Sept. 10, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Team Members turn out in droves;  Air sensors are laid out; New magnetic brake rotor design is finished; Spanaway’s first red hat club convenes.

This day marked a good turnout of team members and guests at our Spanaway, WA. hangar, home base of the North American Eagle™.  Our 56 foot long former jet plane is being readied for mid speed runs next month as we continue down the long challenging road to set a new world landspeed record of 800 mph.

Sept. 5, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Labor day team meeting; Endevco Meggitt sensor wires are routed: New website on the way: Mid-wheel doors ready to accept fairings.

With the one week of summer upon the Pacific Northwest, families across the Puget Sound area scrambled to put together their annual family reunions. Ed Shadle, along with cousins and NAE™ Team members Rob and Larry Martinson headed to Eastern Washington for their annual Shadle / Martinson Family reunion on the old reservation.

August 27, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Endevco Meggitt sensor wires are routed: Landspeed.biz is on our new servers: Mid-wheel doors ready to accept fairings.

August 20, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Ed Shadle’s report from Speedweek: Modumetal grows metal: IMS Software  in action: New Sponsor – Endevco:  Car reassembled in preparation for laser measurements.

Ed Shadle in  the 200 mph Club!

One of Ed’s favorite words he likes to use when talking about the North American Eagle™ Team is tenacity.  This past week Ed’s 22 year quest and tenacity at the Bonneville Salt Flats, finally paid off as he was officially inducted into the prestigious 200 mph club!  He now joins the ranks of fellow NAE™ team members Steve Green, Dave Green, Calvin Dirks and Leslie Porterfield into the red hat club!  Read Ed’s account of the eight long days at the 2011 Speedweek.  Photos courtesy of Rachel Shadle’s Facebook Page.

August 13, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Advance team travels South: Work progresses for upcoming fall test session: Shadle drives Green’s Lakester at this year’s Speedweek.

August 11, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Team North American Eagle™ is happy to announce a brand new sponsor,  IMS Software of Haverhill, Massachusetts.   Founded in 1990, Intelligent Manufacturing Software is a leading provider of manufacturing software products, and a specialist in providing advanced postprocessing solutions.

NAE™ Designer Don Mitchell will use IMS Software to convert engineering drawings designed usingDassault Systems CATIA V5 Software and send it to numerical control milling center to machine details.

August 5, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this Update: Ping Fu CEO of Geomagic visits the Eagle: Photo day as family and friends try to take over the driver’s seat.

It was a shortened but enjoyable day today as Team NAE™ met at our Shady Acres hangar. Several team members and some family members were on hand to greet two very supportive ladies and a key sponsor of our quest to set a new world land speed record of 800mph with the 56 foot long North American Eagle™.  Present were John Winchester, Chris Greene, Brandyn Bayes, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Steve Wallace, Jon Higley, and Don Mitchell.