In this Update: Onboard systems maintenance; Parachute cannnisters; Ground communications checks; Mobile command center; Alvord briefing
Today’s Featured Sponsors
Today’s team members turning out: Les Holm, Ed Shadle, Brandyn Bayes, Steve Rima, Tom Tiede, Von Armstrong, Jason and Don Mitchell, Lars Pedersen, Andrew Kirk, Jon Higley, Keith Zanghi, Steve Wallace, Omar Chramosta
We had a lovely little visitor today. Kaylynn Mitchell, Jason’s daughter, agreed to a photo session. She is looking forward to Kindergarten, excited about her new adventure, and completely unaware of how charming she is. p.s. ..she knows her colors, shapes, alphabet, and numbers to 100.
There are just a few more Saturday work sessions until it is load up time and the North American Eagle will be heading south to the Alvord Desert. As always, we are completely dependent upon weather and course conditions, and upon the generosity of our sponsors and friends. These are factors beyond our control. We can only hope for things to be in our favor. This is a huge endeavor and everything must come together for our record setting speed runs to be successful. We will be keeping a close eye on forecasts and what ground conditiions we can expect. The recent conditions at the Bonneville salt flats and the necessary cancellation of Speed Week is a prime example of how quickly things can go wrong. It is very expensive and disappointing to undertake these operations only to be set back for reasons we cannot forsee. And, frankly, our fund raising efforts are not doing as well as what we hoped.
We really need more financial supoort. Take some time to look into our support links. If every visitor to our website gave less than a trip to a coffee fix, we would have a lot more help. If every current commercial sponsor who is featured on our web pages would up the ante, we would be in much better shape. We’re asking here……help us along to a place in land speed record books. It is easy, painless, and much appreciated.
|Jerry Churchhill and Ed Shadle|
Another team member that does not regularly show up at the hanger, but is integral to our success is Jerry Churchhill. Jerry supplies the team with Honeybuckets and Washstations at all of our test sessions. It is a thankless job, but one much appreciated. That said, and hoping that that you will do that, we continue the quest.
|Jason Mitchell and Tom Tiede|
We are making the beast ready for travel. We’ve checked the brakes, working on the parachutes cannisters, installing some new radio communication components, and flushnig out the water lines and tanks on our motor home/ commo center. Ed briefed the team and we are ready to go. Onward and upward! Give us a hand. We need your help
F4 Phantom arrives at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park – Please Donate
|Sherry and Colonel Joe Kittinger|
Big things are happening in Orlando Florida. The 30 ton F-4 Phantom arrived and will be repainted and placed on permanent display at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park at Orlando Executive Airport. You can help deter some of the costs in a private fundraising. For more information please contact Carolyn Fennel or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055. Click on the photo below and to watch the video.
The LeMay Family Collection
Jet Blast From The Past
|Edwards Air Force Base|
New Lenovo Support
A new level of support from Lenovo is changing the landscape in our operations. In the very near future, the Landspeed.com website will be residing on servers on loan from Lenovo. A new ThinkServer will now be hosting all the content from the website, and provide storage for our engineering and intellectual property needs.
|Afterburner Docking Stations|
Lenovo is heavily embedded into our daily operations, with ThinkPads and ThinkStations providing support for website production, engineering consisting of mechanical and structural analysis and aerodynamic capabilities. Now we are pleased to announce the addition of new Lenovo ThinkServers to the North American Eagle™ team.
|ThinkPad, ThinkStation and now ThinkServer|
North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show! Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.
|The Grand National Roadster Show trip was sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool|
Since 1926, AERIAL Machine and Tool has been a top supplier for the US Department of Defense, a distinction that continues today. The company expanded as the nation prepared for World War II. Sewing capabilities were added and the company began to specialize in life-safety equipment, parachute hardware and accessories, belts, harnesses, restraints and case goods. These products remain an important part of AERIAL’s business even today. They support every branch of the US Armed Services: Coast Guard, Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.
For 10 years AERIAL Machine and Tool has been supporting the efforts of the North American Eagle™. We are proud to be associated with them! Visit their website and see the amazing contribution they are making to our country!
Mobile Apps Keep Improving!
We like to keep introducing new features for all of our mobile users, but sometimes it’s important to give it a new look as well. We are excited to announce that NAE Mobile 3.1 for iOS is now available! It has a new interface that looks absolutely incredible. The update also includes support for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We highly recommend that you upgrade to iOS 7 so that you can take full advantage of this update. Download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.
For all of our Android users, we have released an updated version of NAE Mobile, which now includes Android 4.4 KitKat Compatibility! You can download the update by going to the Google Play Store.
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