In this update:  Working on systems; Getting ready for the road; Review of Web site upgrades; Locked and loaded

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The team has been hard at it for the past few weeks, preparing for upcoming appearances and getting our jet car ready to rumble in the fall. Today’s crew: Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Von Armstrong, Keith Zanghi, Brandyn Bayes, Omar Chramosta, Steve Wallace, and Chris Hughes.  Stopping by for a visit were Don Mitchell and  his son Corey.  Don is Les Holm’s  uncle, Corey his cousin, and both lined up for a picture with him.  Don is the team CATIA/Geomagic/IMS Software programmer and conjured up some great graphic dimensional images of our car. 


Neil Armstrong – July 18, 2009, Dayton Ohio

44 years ago today July 20, 1969,  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two humans to step forth on another planet.  Ed and Keith had the opportunity to meet and talk to Mr Armstrong,  one on one, for an hour.  As guests of Col Joe Kittinger, USAF (ret), the two were attending the National Aviation Hall of Fame induction and celebration of the 40th anniversery of the Apollo Landing.  That day, Mr Armstrong told the two what it was like to land the Eagle on the moon.  It was a once in a lifetime experience for both. Another team member, Les Holm, while working on the 777 around the world tour, spent a lot of time in the air with Alan Shepard, Mercury Redstone and Apollo 14 Commander.


Alan Shepard – Apollo 14

Today’s Activities

Keith and Les have been busy designing and fabricating new fairings for the rear axle.  Today, Les moved a hydraulic line fitting in order to accomodate the new shroud for the rear brake, then went to work finishing up the assembly.  They have also been into the paint locker, spiffing up things  for our display appearance this coming weekend at the Seattle Museum of Flight. Keith sanded, primed and applied spray finished coats  of paint to a couple of fuselage access panels.

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Ed and Steve Wallace were chasing electrical wire runs and putting in new circuit breaker protections to avoid overload problems that occurred  during our recent engine startups.

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The late afternoon saw the team loading up equipment and then hauling our 56 foot long , 6 and 1/2 ton jet car into the semi trailer. We are locked and loaded and ready for action.   Look for us up close  at the Seattle Museum of Flight on the weekend of July 27th and 28th.  We hope you can make it.  Then it will be off to Austin, Texas and the National Instruments Week where Ed, Keith, and Steve are featured speakers and the North American Eagle™ will be on proud display.

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For those of you who wondered, our web site was crippled for a day or two last week and access was not good, to say the least.  But now we are up and running, and at a much faster rate, thanks to our young director of IT and Social Media, Brandyn Bayes.  Also looking at you are Les, Don, and his son, Corey. Stay with      us on our social website apps and keep up with our busy schedule.  We are up for some record setting events.


NAE On Display in Seattle, WA


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 Main Gallery of the Seattle Museum of Flight


For those living in the Northwest,  you will have a chance to see the 56 foot long North American Eagle™ on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight. This will be the 2nd appearance of the Eagle at the Museum.  Ed Shadle, Steve Wallace and Keith Zanghi will be giving a presentation in the William Allen Theatre; followed by a Q&A session. We will be on display out front of the Museum.  Bring your cameras and stop by and say hello!

NAE On Display in Austin TX


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The 56 foot long North American Eagle™ will be traveling to Austin, TX this August and will be the featured display at National Instrument Week. NI Week delivers technical networking and instruction with interactive sessions by NI R&D engineers and guest lecturers; targeted industry summits; hands-on workshops; exhibitions on the latest advancements in design, research, and testing; and keynote presentations from leading technology thought leaders.

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Ed Shadle, Steve Wallace, and Keith Zanghi will be presenting at NI Week

Past presenters include Dr. Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, Dr. Michio Kaku of City College of New York, and Tim Samaras of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers. Attendees include engineers, scientists, and executives from organizations such as Boeing, CERN, John Deere, ST-Ericsson, and UC Berkeley. Join us and see the Eagle and meet the team August 5-8; to learn how you can accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery with National Instruments.

Mobile App Improvements

We have been hard at work, making significant improvements and adding new features to our mobile apps.  Both our iOS and Android (Android 4.0+) apps have been given new interfaces as well as some new pages.  We hope that you like the upgrades that we have made.  If you haven’t already, be sure to download our mobile app to your Android or iOS powered phone or tablet.  We can’t wait to share what we have in store for our iOS app, but you will have to wait a little longer to see.

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