North American Eagle®. One of the most sophisticated racing machines.
We have a mission of breaking the World Land Speed Record of 763 MPH. Starting with the battered hulk of a cold-war era jet plane, we have developed one of the most sophisticated racing machines ever.
At its core, the North American Eagle® is a supersonic car. Combining breakthrough technology and engineering, this car can push limits that you didn’t even know exist.
Started in 1998 by two guys with a crazy idea.
The North American Eagle® project began as nothing more than an idea. It became the love and passion of two people, Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi. That idea was to take a jet fighter and turn it into the fastest racing machine in history.
When all of this started, it really was nothing more than a few guys in a garage, scraping paint and shaping sheet metal. Every step of designing and building the vehicle has made the dream attainable today.
Pictured L to R: Steve Green, Ed Shadle, Jessi Combs and Keith Zanghi
Defining Experimental Aviation. Making History Once Again.
This car started out as an F-104 Star-fighter jet, stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. It was used as a chase plane for some of the greatest experimental aircraft in history, among them the X-15 Rocket Plane, SR-71 Blackbird and XB-70 Bomber.
By 1998, the F-104 designated 56-0763 was beyond shambles, doing little to showcase the rich history of the aircraft. The North American Eagle® project gave it new life, so that it could once again be one of the fastest machines on Earth.
All Volunteers. On a quest to do something incredible.
Our crew is made up of some of the very best in their engineering and technical fields, from aerodynamics to electrical. What at first may seem like a motley crew of people, is a team of absolute intelligence. When they come together, they are selflessly building an amazing piece of history.
It is not only those on the team that continue to inspire us. It is the people that have supported us along the way. Without these devoted individuals and sponsors, we could never have reached where we are today. With the passing of Ed Shadle in September of 2018, Jessi Combs has moved into the primary driver role.
Powered by Technology. Driven By Ingenuity.
Using some of the latest developments in technology, from magnetic braking to cloud computing, the North American Eagle® is ready for any speed challenge.
Combined with human ingenuity, the technological developments make up some of the most important parts of the car, allowing us to safely push the bounds of speed further than ever before.
Continuing Our Journey. Where We Go From Here.
The real question is where we are going from here. To date, we have made over 57 test runs, already attaining a top speed of 515 MPH. This is only the beginning though.
In the September of 2018, with Jessi Combs at the helm she made a 483.227 MPH. In 2019 she will attempt the 512 MPH Fastest Woman record, as well as the single engine speed record. Both of these are major milestones on the road to 800 MPH.