In this Update: Jet car model prepared for  journey; Shipping crate completed; Visitor takes the tour;  Trailer enhancements made; New CFD graphics;  and Speedweek 2012 is in progress.

Today’s Featured Sponsors

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Team members present:  Keith Zanghi, Von Armstrong, Chris Greene, Larry Martinson, Omar Chramosta and Sam Yellowbird


Layne and Susan Smith

Chris’ friend, Layne Smith, brought his mom out to the hangar in style in his newly acquired Mazda Miata. Mom Susan was given the hangar tour by Chris and she was coaxed into the cockpit for the requisite thumbs-up picture.  Layne stayed around and joined in the work crew activities. 


See the 7 foot long NAE Model at the IMS Software Booth at IMTS

The Eagle returned from the NHRA drag races at Pacific Raceway last weekend and was unloaded back into the hangar.  A fairly light duty day was on the agenda this Saturday.Our 7 foot long  model of the 56′ long North American Eagle™ is an often requested feature of many conferences around the country. Ed and Keith will be attending the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago next month and the model will be shipped there and awaiting them at the sponsor booths.

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It is a fragile but impressive replica of the real thing and requires special handling.  The shipping crate was made for a custom fit and well padded for protection.  Before packing it in, new sponsor decals were applied.  Full sized decals were positioned on the Eagle for later application when Ed returns.

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Omar, Chris, Larry, Layne, Keith and Von

Keith donned the welding helmet again this week.  With the car out of the trailer, it was a good time to weld up some long needed holding brackets to the trailer walls. They will keep some loading equipment up off the deck and easily accessible.  Special thanks to Central Welding Supply.

New CFD Analysis Images

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Darren Grove has been busy running CFD Solutions on his Lenovo C20 ThinkStation.  Along with Ron Doll, Rex Walter and Mike Thoe, the aerodynamic team is using a number of software tools to run the CFD solutions: Pointwise CFD Meshing Software, Metacomp Technologies CFD++ flow solver and CEI EnSight Post Processing Visualization Software.  Below are some graphics you might find interesting.

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Speedweek 2012 Underway

A number of North American Eagle™ team members are at Bonneville Salt Flats this week.  Stop by and see Ed Shadle, Cam Shadle, Alex Shadle, Valerie Thompson, Eric Wittler, Steve Green, Dave Green and Calvin Dirks.  Last year Ed got into the 200 mph Club joining the other NAE team members: Steve Green, Dave Green and Calvin Dirks.  This year Eric Wittler and Valerie Thompson will be trying to get into the Red Hat Club too.  To get into the 200 mph club is not as easy as going over 200 mph.  You MUST go over 200 mph and break an existing record.  Not so easy! In addition, the documentary film crew will be following the group throughout Speedweek.

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 200 MPH Club Members Dave Green, Ed Shadle and Calvin Dirks

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New iOS App

Android smartphone users have been using the NAE™ App for several months.  Now iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users can download the free app!  Read all the updates, and view photos and video from your smartphone.

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Capture 3D Measurement Innovation Show August 21-23


Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi will be among  the featured speakers at Capture 3D Measurement Innovation Conference in Costa Mesa CA this August 21-23.  They will be showing the attendees how we use Capture 3D Tools to achieve our of goal of breaking the 763 mph world land speed record.

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International Manufacturing  Technology Show September 10-15

Team North American Eagle™ will be headed on the road again this September 10th through the 15th as they  make an appearance at the IMTS 2012 Show in Chicago IL.  Ed, Keith, and Steve Green will be appearing in the Geomagic Software and IMS Software booths during the show.  Below is the giant 8 ft high by 17 ft long banner that will be hanging in the IMS Software Booth!  Along with our 7 foot model and 55 inch LED screens blasting out NAE video;  the three will be on-hand to sign autographs and answer questions.  Look for more information in the near future.


New Lenovo Video

Lenovo recently released a new video featuring the North American Eagle™ .  The NAE™  scenes were edited by Steve Wallace. Team NAE™  uses Lenovo ThinkStations and ThinkPad for aerodynamic and engineering analysis.  Click on the photo below and watch this exciting video!

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Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop

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