Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this update: 5Ss at the Spanaway Hanger: Ed away on the reservation and preparations  for upcoming test session.

With the one week of summer upon the Pacific Northwest, families across the Puget Sound area scrambled to put together their annual family reunions. Ed Shadle, along with cousins and NAE™ Team members Rob and Larry Martinson headed to Eastern Washington for their annual Shadle / Martinson Family reunion on the old reservation.


Meanwhile back in Spanaway a small team met to do some 5S’s in the North American Eagle™ hanger.  Sorting, Sweeping, Simplifying, Standardizing and Self-Discipline are lean tools made popular by Taiichi Ohno for the Toyota Production System.  The same lean principles are in use today by major corporations and the North American Eagle™ team.

John & guest

Next weekend, Ed Shadle, Steve Wallace, Darren Grove and Keith Zanghi will be traveling to Nevada and California as part of an advance team on our upcoming test session.

Thank You  NAE Team Members!

On this beautiful sunny day we want to thank NAE members Chris Greene, John Winchester, Omar Chramosta, Jon Higley and Keith Zanghi for this Saturday work session.

Leslie Porterfield New Co-Driver

Leslie Porterfield is now the new Co-Driver of the North American Eagle™.

Leslie PorterfieldLeslie already holds the title of world’s fastest woman on two wheels will now do the same later this fall for automobiles.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a dynamic team. I am honored to be part of their mission to go after the absolute unlimited land speed record. This is an opportunity of a lifetime!”  Ms. Porterfield states.

The team was also all for the decision by Leslie Porterfield, holder of multiple Guinness Book of Speed Records on motorcycles, to join the team and strive for the world land speed record for women in a different class. Leslie will be piloting the North American Eagle™ during some future test runs. To read more  about Leslie visit her website at

BOTYA 2010 Winner in Autobiography/Memoir Category – Silver Prize

kittinger bookWe are happy to announce that Col Joe Kittinger’s book, Come Up and Get Me came in 2nd place and won the Silver award for the 2010 Book of the Year!

The hardcover version which sold for $39. is now out of print, but you can still get the softcover and a kindle version on  Amazon. You can also visitCol Joe Kittinger’s new website and see hundreds of photos and videos not in the book.

Col Joe is a technical consultant and trusted mentor on the project and has been working closely with Ed and Keith on our upcoming test session. 

Col Joe w/ Ed & Keith