In this update:  Progress continues on rear axle; fairings; hydraulic lift; data acquisition; AERIAL Machine and Tool sponsors GNRS appearance.

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Big turnout for today’s work party: Les Holm, Chris Greene, Tom Tiede, Von Armstrong, Keith Zanghi, John Drury, Steve Rima, Omar Chramosta, Jon Higley, Don and Jason Mitchell, John Winchester, Steve Wallace, Ed Shadle

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Bob Berger gave us a big hand today

 Tom came down from up north of Shelton and the Hoodsport area, bringing along his friend and neighbor, Bob Berger.  Bob jumped right in with his coveralls on and went to work.

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Another crazy week leading up to this workday.  Les and Ed have made multiple trips up and back from Canada and the Eagle Machine shop.  The rear axle modification, wheels, and brake rotors have been getting a lot of attention lately.

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Les, Ed, Chris and Keith have been spending a considerable number of hangar time hours during the week, trying to get things worked up, made up, and put together before we load up for the display appearance in Pomona.  Most of the work involved extending the axle fairings made possible by the extensive machine work of Eagle Machine, Inc in Abbottsford BC.

Ed’s long time friend Tom Jensen, and John Salick were in the hangar during the week, doing some machine work on the rotors.

Jon Higley gets the Eagle ready for Pomona

There is quite a long list of todo’s to check off before our next test runs and a lot of work is going on at the same time, from nose cone back to the axle.  Today, Tom, Bob, and Jon removed the fuselage access panel under the cockpit and finessed a holding fastener back into alignment.  It was making it difficult to access that area.  They also reinstalled the brake cooling water reservoir and lines and followed up on needed work in the hydraulic lift compartment.   Jon assembled some additional new mile marker panels.

The rear axle modification has required some do overs for the fairing assemblies over the vertical struts, wheels and rotors, and the axle itself. Keith, Les, and Chris have been hard at making some design adjustments and cutting, welding, and fabricating some new fairing components.

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The Steves, Wallace and Rima were in and out of the nose cone, cockpit, and data acquisition compartment.  Rima has about completed the work of refitting data wiring from the nose cone to the cockpit bulkhead with twist on fasteners.  This is going to make the job of removing and reinstalling the nose cone much easier and faster.  Steve W has been upgrading some data components and installing some new stress, strain, and heat sensors.

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John Winchester came by to discuss with Chris some parachute deployment issues.  Ed is looking at a more reliable chute cannister release and deployment method. Don and Ed installed a new parachute release mechanism.

Those who can will be working during the week and looking forward to loading up the car next Saturday.  John Drury will be driving the tractor/trailer down to Pomona and back.

Ed briefed the team on the latest plans for the trip down south to the Grand National Roadster Show.  As usual, the project is long on plans and work;  and short on funds as we continue our goal of setting new land speed records this year.  Some expected funding didn’t happen for the trip down south and we are committed. . .too late to back off.  So any financial support that may be out there among our friends and sponsors would be greatly appreciated.


 North American Eagle™ Public Display at Grand National Roadster Show!  Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.


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The Grand National Roadster Show trip is sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool



Fans living in the Southern California area will get a rare treat and be able to see the North American Eagle™ at the Grand National Roadster Show.  Held at the Pomona Fairgrounds, the 56 foot long Eagle will be onsite January 24th thru the 26th.  Come meet the team and drivers Ed Shadle and Jessi Combs!  Because of its size the Eagle will be on display outside the front doors of the NHRA Museum.  A smaller booth will be on display in the Grand National Roadster Show with big screen monitors. Special thanks to AERIAL Machine and Tool who is sponsoring our trip. 

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The Eagle will be on display in front of the NHRA Museum

 About AERIAL Machine and Tool

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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.

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 thier 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 brand 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.  You can 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 and downloading the update.

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