In this update: Front wheel suspension box is complete and travel suspension is under way
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Today Ed Shadle, Steve Rima, Lars Pedersen, Jason Mitchell, Rich Pengelley, Les Holm, Dan Johnson, David Fiola, Omar Chramosta and Keith Zanghi met once again at the hangar in Parkland Washinigton to continue our work on the North American Eagle™ John Drury was unable to work today so he sent his dog in his place!
|Scott Crossfield with Ed Shadle and Von Armstrong|
Last weekend Ed attended the 2015 NW Aviation Conference and Trade Show at the nearby Puyallup Fairgrounds. We couldn’t help remembering 006 when the Eagle was on display at the same event and we were honored with a visit from Scott Crossfield. Mr Crossfield was the keynote speaker that year. He visited the aircraft and gave the team insight into its history. 56-0763 was a part of the lives of all those guys who had The Right Stuff. Scott flew 763 many times and used it to simulate the landing characteristics of the X-15.
|David Fiola, Dan Johnson and Ed Shadle (holding John Drury’s dog!)|
David Fiola and Dan Johnson have been busy during the week building a new air bag suspension system. This device is used to soften the ride when the Eagle is in the trailer traveling down the road. The old unit had lived past its useful life. The new system is being assembled in David’s well equipped metal fabrication shop. Below are some photos of the work.
David builds lots of hot rods and off road vehicles in his shop. TIG welders, CNC Plasma cutters, Bridgeports, saws, and bending tools allow him to work from home and build just about any project.
Today the team worked on a number of projects. Jason straightened out and prepared the air inlet covers for welding. Les finished riveting and painting an access cover panel located on the front bulkhead of the vehicle. The majority of the day was spent re-installing all of the components in the front steering box. Steve Green of Eagle Machine, Inc in Abbottsford BC completed and shipped the newly rebuilt front steering assembly. The hydraulic unit was completely rebuilt with brand new seals. Rich Pengelley drove up earlier in the week and picked the unit up. Steve also sent down a new linear bearing mount. Like everything else, it needed to be modified to work, but after a couple of hours it was installed and working. By the end of the day the front steering box was complete. Steve Rima workeded on the new PCB Piezotronic strain gauges. Next week we will put the car on the wheels and calibrate the system.
Artwork of Eddie Harris
|Harold and Nancy LeMay|
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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 ThinkStation 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.
|ThinkPad and ThinkStation|
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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Eric Wittler’s Chasing Clounds.net provides images to the North American Eagle™