In this update: The Beast is back in the barn; Trailer unloaded after a long journey; Tall tales from Bonneville; Running axle installed
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Old home week in Spanaway as team NAE met once again at the hangar: Brandyn Bayes, Von Armstrong, Les Holm, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Larry Martinson, Rich Pengelley. Larry brought along his friend, Kyle Zemanek, who added some very welcome muscle and apptitude for today’s activities.
Larry and Rob Martinson, our two team members, have a great mom and dad who visited the hangar today and were introduced all around. Joann and Wolf Martinson have been to several of our test runs, including the very first one, held down at Toledo Airport. They are a couple still raring to go and to be where it happens. Wolf is in his mid eighties and enthralled the team with his vivid recollections of his service in the Korean war. He was a combat infantryman, fighting in several major engagements while earning four Purple Heart medals for being wounded in action; and Bronze Stars for valor in combat. One of those engagements was the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. Team NAE salutes Wolf, and all of our service members, past and present, who lay it on the line for our country.
Keith decided to bring his dog Mocha, to work today. Actually, June 21st was “Take your dog to work day.” Really. Keith’s calendar and time schedules are his to defend, but the team enjoyed Mocha’s visit today,even so. And Mocha mooched enough hot dogs to call for a nap or two.
Les Holm and Ed Shadle Unloading the Eagle
What goes in must come out eventually, and today the team undertook the unloading of the Eagle from the semi trailer. After back to back appearances at the Seattle Air Museum and then on to Austin, Texas and the National Instruments Conference, our 56 foot long, 6 plus tons of jet car was ready for some hangar time. But wait. . . not so fast. After the car, the rest of the equipment was in line for unloading. The overhead crane in the trailer decided to get cranky and hold up the process. It took some head scratching and make do to rig up a chain and pulley assembly and get the heavy speed axle out of the trailer and grounded so that it could be rolled on in to the hangar. One more thing to be examined and fixed, along with the pulley charging system. A land speed racer’s work is never done.
Wrappng things up for today, the loading axle assembly was removed from the car and replaced by the running (speed) axle. We have work to do and time is awasting as we fit together the fairings and do the system testing in preparation for our upcoming appearances and test runs.
For all you salt heads, and from all reports, this year’s Bonneville Speed Week was a great time. You could look it up, but several of our team members were there and either drove or watched or played in the salt; including our newest team member and jet car driver, Jessi Combs; Ed and Cam Shadle, Les Holm, Eric Wittler, Steve Green, Dave Green and Calvin Dirks. Ed and Les told tall tales about their time at the flats. No one else was here, who was there, to defend or dispute them. That’s what happened today. . .at our hangar in Spanaway.
Team North American Eagle™ Partners with LeMay – America’s Car Museum
We are happy to announce a partnership with the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. ACM spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma, Wash., 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, became one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opened in June 2012.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum – Tacoma Washington
ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture. The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum New Sponsor
“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”
The Eagle will be attending auto shows all across America promoting this unique facility.
Mobile Apps Keep Improving!
We have been hard at work, making significant improvements and adding new features to our mobile apps. Both our iOS and Android (Android 4.0+) apps have been given new interfaces as well as some new pages. We hope that you like the upgrades that we have made. If you haven’t already, be sure to download our mobile app to your Android or iOS powered phone or tablet.
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Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop
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