In this update:  North American Eagle show has been nominated for an Emmy®

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Today Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Lars Pedersen, Keith Zanghi,  Jason Mitchell, Cory Mitchell, and Omar Chramosta showed up for another day at the hangar.  Working virtual this weekend was Von Armstrong and Steve Wallace.

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Larry Bentz

Guests this week include Darren Huddleson and Larry Bentz.  Darren is a lifelong friend of Crew Chief Les Holm.  Larry Bentz is a volunteer at The LeMay Family Collection.

Tom Layson from KBTC


Tom Layson from the local PBS affiliate, KBTC in Tacoma stopped by to shoot some “B”  roll video for an upcoming update to the  KBTC Northwest Now show.  Tom let us know that the show he produced earlier this year has been nominated for an Emmy!  The 2017 – 54th Annual Emmy® Nominations will be selected Saturday June 3.  Good luck Tom! We are really rooting for you!


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This is not the first time the North American Eagle™ has been featured in a nomination for an award.  In 2014 Jessi Comb’s show, The LIST: Breaking a Land Speed Record, won the Webby Award for the category: Online Film and Video: Travel & Adventure.  The Webby is like the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Awards for the internet.  In 2004, The Discovery Channel Show, Megabuilders – World’s Fastest Wheels featured an entire episode about the project. That show was re-run well over 200 times in the US Market!

A lot of science goes into breaking the world land speed record.  Above is a slide depicting the antenna placement plan, being developed  by Steve Wallace for our next test runs

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Laser Mount Bracket Machining



Completed Front Wheel Laser Alignment Tool


Wheel Positioner

This past week Lars Pedersen has been busy in his machine shop building details for the new steering system.  First he had to make a mount to hold the laser for attaching to the front wheel.  It will be used to determine the exact direction and set wheel alignment.  The second item was a new wheel positioner to be mounted on the car to hold the magnetic pick up.  Everything will be installed this weekend.


Lars Pedersen and Ed Shadle

Lars, Jason, Cory and Les

Cory Mitchell

It was a busy day in the hangar this weekend.  The team first removed the front wheel assembly so that we could gain access to our Wilwood Brake.  We need to replace the o-rings for the caliper pistons.  They should arrive next week and we’ll reassemble it next weekend.  Ed finished the parachute deployment battery system.  A new,  heavier duty battery will ensure positive engagement.  Les and Lars installed the magnetic positioner that is used in the new steering system.  The fly by wire steering replaces our heavily troublesome hydraulic system.  Keith was working on a new belly pan between the two mid-wheels.  Previous openings for suspension travel are not needed.  The new pan will seal them completely, eliminating the buildup of dirt in the wheel wells.

This Thursday,  Lance Lambert from the Seattle Times, will be at the hangar conducting  interviews for a new story he is writing.

Jet Blast from The Past


Put Out to Pasture

Our dream was to take the above aircraft and turn it into the next world land speed record.  You have to have good visualization skills to see beyond its current state and imagine the future state!

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Dassault Systèmes offers 3DEXPERIENCE


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Dassault Leadership Team

Bernard Charlès and Phillip Forestier at COE

Mr. Charlès is the Vice Chairman , CEO and Mr. Forestier is the EVP, Global Affairs and Communities.  Dassault Systèmes is a long time sponsor of the North American Eagle™ providing CATIA design Software solutions, working closely with IDEX Solutions.  We have made numerous appearances at COE Conventions in Las Vegas and Orlando, along with The European CATIA Forum in Paris France.

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LeMay Family Collection is a long time sponsor of the North American Eagle™

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