In this update: Hydraulic steering pump has been relocated and plumbed.

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It was a quiet day at the hanger as most people prepared for the upcoming end of the world on December 21st. Ed let everyone know that if mother earth claims back the lands taken from them,  there would be no work party next week! With the ultimate bad news on everyone’s mind it didn’t stop Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Omar Chramosta, Trish Woods, Sean Rondestvedt, John Winchester, Les Holm, Chris Greene and Jessica Greene from spending another day working on the North American Eagle™.


Special guests today were Curtis and Jack Petrina, and their father Jim. Also tagging along was their friend Lucus. Ed gave them a complete tour and history of the car.


Curtis and Jim Petrina


Chris couldn’t wait to give Ed and Keith their Christmas present. So the two un-wrapped it yielding a beautiful North American Eagle street sign! We will have to find a permanent place in the hanger for the sign and figure out a way to put it on a post and take it with us on test runs.

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Ed asked Chris’ sister, Jessika, if she would like to help us with the project. Jess is an English major at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. She has excellent command of the English language and will be writing magazine articles, creating brochures and similar content as a part of her learning experience. We look forward to working with her glad to have her on the team!



Jessika Greene Joins the Team

It was a long and fulfilling day as the team left just before 8pm Saturday night! Before we left, the re-location of the hydraulic steering pump was completely plumbed. Next week we will fill it with hydraulic fluid and bleed the entire system. The improvement eliminated about 60 feet of pressure and return lines in the hydraulic system. We also shortened the power cables to a total length of 4 feet. One of our newest team members, Les Holm, comes to us with a lifetime of working in Boeing flight test. Now retired, it was kind of a reunion for Les and Tom Tiede in Alvord as the two worked together years ago on the Boeing Field Flight line.

CFD Webinar now on YouTube!


Click on the YouTube link above to watch the webinar

If you missed the live webinar on Wednesday November 7th, you can now watch it on YouTube.  Sponsored by Pointwise Software and CEI EnSight Software, listen to NAE’s aerodynamicist Darren Grove, along with Chris Sideroff, PhD from Pointwise and Kevin Coburn from CEI, talk about the Computation Fluid Dynamic studies taking place on the North American Eagle™
The webinar is highly technical with a target audience in the aerospace industry, but non-technical viewers should be able to follow along and gain insight into the highly complex North American Eagle™ project.
About the Graphic: Metacomp CFD++ solution of the North American Eagle @ 700 MPH with design cycle 1 fairings. Composite image showing unstructured viscous mesh generated with Pointwise, overlaid by stream-wise velocity on ground & symmetry planes, vehicle surfaces colored by pressure and near surface streamlines using EnSight post-processing software.

Ping Fu, Founder and CEO of Geomagic,  has a new book


Ping Fu (next to Ed) and her sister Hong – Their story in a new book, Bend, Not Break.

“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”

—Ping Fu’s “Shanghai Papa”

Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for the crime of being born into a well-educated family. To be deported with barely enough money for a plane ticket to a bewildering new land. To start all over, without family or friends, as a maid, waitress, and student.

Ping Fu also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To be a friend and mentor to some of the best-known names in tech­nology. To build some of the coolest new products in the world. To give speeches that inspire huge crowds. To meet and advise the president of the United States.

It sounds too unbelievable for fiction, but this is the true story of a life in two worlds.

Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Ping was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the teenagers in Mao’s Red Guard. At twenty-five, she found her way to the United States; her only resources were $80 in traveler’s checks and three phrases of English: thank you, hello, and help.

Yet Ping persevered, and the hard-won lessons of her childhood guided her to success in her new home­land. Aided by her well-honed survival instincts, a few good friends, and the kindness of strangers, she grew into someone she never thought she’d be—a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader. A love of problem solving led her to computer science, and Ping became part of the team that created NCSA Mosaic, which became Netscape, the Web browser that forever changed how we access information. She then started a company, Geomagic, that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repair­ing NASA spaceships.


Bend, Not Break depicts a journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the United States. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.

Get Connected with NAE Mobile Apps

Updates for NAE Mobile are also now available to connect with the new website.  These updates include improved access to Project Updates as well as all of the other pages.  Available exclusively on the iPad is the ability to shop through the Gear Store for your favorite items.  The iPad version will also now rotate to any rotation for optimal viewing.


iPhone 5 App is now available. Click on the photo above to download the App


Got an iPad? Get the NAE App for Free!

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The NAE App works on iPad Mini too!

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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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