In this update: Progress on rear axle fairings; Mid wheels compression adjustment; Ed briefs the team
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Checking in for today’s work party were: Tom Tiede, Von Armstrong, Les Holm, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Brandyn Bayes, Chris Greene, Jon Higley, Eric Helpenstell, Jerry Lamb, and John Drury.
John’s wife, Maria, came along and brought a very special guest, her cousin, Alina Moetsch. Alina is from Germany and is visiting our country for the first time. She is impressed with our Pacific Northwest and her close up tour of the North American Eagle™. Welcome to our country, Alina.
Ed, Jerry, Les and Keith having fun!
Team member and sponsor/owner of LevX®, Jerry Lamb, drove down from Port Angeles. Jerry is the brains behind our unique magnetic braking system and discussed the water cooling of the brake rotors and the temperature sensors. We always know when he comes driving up to the hangar because he has the largest 4 x 4 in America. He does it in style! Always willing to lend a helping hand, Jerry helped Ed with the mid-wheel contact pressure.
Les, Tom and Chris went to work on the fairings. A lot needs to be accomplished before the fall test runs. John Drury joined in on the pattern layouts for the fairing componets and Keith lit off the welding torch to tack some together. Measurements, layouts, fabrication, and fitting all the parts together is a time consuming process and must be completed with precision. The end result will be a high speed friendly streamlining of the air flows over the rear axle structures.
Ed and Keith transferred some remaining jet fuel from several 55 gallon drums into the thirsty tank of our jet car. Thanks go out to Small and Sons, who have provided fuel for our engine tests and test runs over the years.
Ed Shadle and Pete Moss
Brandyn brought his laptop today and is working with Ed on some new webpage issues. Longtime supporter of the North American Eagle™ Pete Moss was in the neighborhood and stopped by to say hello. Pete created the unique decals you see in the photo above.
Ed briefed the team on the proposed dates for the Alvord test runs and some of the logistics involved in putting those test runs together, and having the right team assignments present during the scheduled runs. We also have an eye toward the future as to possible display appearances after the Alford runs, and how they might fit into the NAE program.
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.
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Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop
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