Ladies & Gentlemen:

In this update: The Eagle gets her tail cone back; engine connections made; fuselage work continues; systems being checked for static engine test; Ed and Keith begin packing for Las Vegas.

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What a great weekend, weather wise! Showing up for workday were team members: Sean Rondestvedt, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Tom Tiede, Rich Pengelley, Rob Martinson, Omar Chramosta, Steve Wallace, John Winchester and Chris Hughes with Savannah Brewer, taking her tour around the hangar. Russ Zanghi, Keith’s dad, stopped by to give him an update in his own special way. Team NAE also welcomed some other visitors to take the hangar tour this bright, sunshiny day. Working virtual this week were Brandyn Bayes, Jon Higley, Darren Grove and Trish Woods.




Today, the 56′ long former F-104 jet aircraft was once again moved about and part way out of the hangar. Raised up on jacks, the car was positioned for some additional fuselage patching and completion of some hydraulic and electrical connections. That done, the heavy work of reattaching the tail cone was completed. Steve continued work on the steering sensor system; spending his time in the cockpit and data acquisition bay behind the cockpit. Keith and Tom hauled out the Central Welding Supply/Welders Direct unit and modified some ground support equipment to conform to the new rear axle configuration.


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The tractor/trailer was brought over from Spanaway Airport to be cleaned up, equipment inventoried, and to perform an operational check of the loading crane within the trailer. All efforts are being directed toward making ready the loading of the Eagle and rolling out to our Shelton, WA, static engine test in early May.

Ed held a team briefing for those present on the status and future plans for the project.

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North American Eagle™ and Valerie Thompson Poster



North American Eagle™ and Valerie Thompson with Jeff Senour and the CTS Band



Valerie Thompson, a champion NHRA motorcycle driver and world land speed record holder, is the latest addition to the North American Eagle™ Team. She is excited to contribute to our dream of breaking the ultimate world land speed record. This video features Valerie as she contemplates her next big adventure. Jeff Senour and Consider The Source provide the exciting sound track.

See the Steve Wallace produced video by clicking on the link above.  It will be shown this Monday at the COE Annual PLM Conference and TechniFair in Las Vegas. For those living in the Phoenix metropolitan area, you can see Jeff Senour and the CTS Band live with special guest Valerie Thompson on May 17th. They will be appearing at the Mountain View High School auditorium in Mesa, Arizona. See details on the Freedom Rock poster below:


NAE and Idex Solutions Team Up at COE

Ed Shadle, Valerie Thompson and Keith Zanghi will be at the Idex Solutions Booth inside the TechniFair at the RIO Hotel in Las Vegas this Monday through Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @landspeed763 and you can get a free autograph or have your picture taken with Ed and Valerie… either at the Idex Solutions or at the IMS Software booths inside the TechniFair. Drop by and say “Hello!” This will be the fifth COE Annual PLM Conferfence & TechniFair the team has attended. COE has been bringing together users of Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions for more than twenty-five years.



COE (formerly the CATIA Operators Exchange) is the only international, professional organization uniting the users of Dassault Systèmes software solutions. Thousands of users in hundreds of member companies represent aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, architecture, engineering & construction, energy & processing, industrial equipment, consumer goods, consumer packaged goods, shipbuilding, finance & business services, high tech electronics, and life sciences.   There is no better support community available.



Bernard Charlès, President & CEO with Philippe Forestier, EVP & Global Affairs & Communities


 Joining Ed and Keith will be newly announced Co-Driver of the North American Eagle™ Valerie Thompson. Please visit all three in the Idex Solutions booth.


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The Team at Idex Solutions has been working with the North American Eagle™ engineers since 2006 and is responsible for maintaining our Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 licenses. We look forward to working with the team from Idex Solutions this week in Las Vegas.