Ladies and Gentlemen:

Present for this day’s work party:  Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Rich Pengelley, Chris Greene, Austin Waage, Keith Zanghi, Omar Chramosta, John Drury.

Keith measures
Brake rotors
Ed & Keith talk w/ Tom

After undergoing cryogenic testing and analysis at Victor Aviation in Palo Alto, Ca., wheel and rotors were shipped back to our Spanaway, WA. hangar and were the center of attention today.  Exacting caliper measurements of the wheel hub and bearing assembly were recorded.  Ed’s friend, Tom Jensen, came by to lend a hand.

Rich works on the start cart.

Rich Pengelley delved deep into the innards of our American Valley Aviation start cart to trace out a number of electrical circuits to determine a problem affecting an inner valve.

Chris & Austin
Austin removes packing
Keith drills holes
Tom checks measurements

Keith, Austin and Chris continued final work on the under belly mid wheel well enclosure.

Paul Crossfield points to his dad's name

Paul Crossfield

Near the end of the work day Team NAE was happy to have a visit by a very special guest.  Paul Crossfield, son of the legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield, dropped in for a tour and some talk about the project.


His dad flew countless test flights in F-104 Starfighters, including our own tail number 56-0763. Scott’s name is listed among the noted pilots who flew our craft when it had wings and ruled the skies.

New Sponsor IMS Software

We are happy to introduce you to our new sponsor, IMS Software.   IMSpost, the worlds most advanced postprocessing software, transforms CAD/CAM cutter location (Clfiles) into the specific machine codes (G/M codes) required by NC machines. IMSpost works seamlessly with Dassault Systèmes CATIA SoftwareLenovo ThinkStations, and NC machines, in one easy to use interface.  Look for a formal announcement later this week.

Ed Headed to Vancouver, B.C.

In the coming week Ed will be traveling to Vancouver BC, Canada to attend the 118th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.  American Society for Engineering Education  is a non-profit organization which brings together engineering educators from all of the engineering and engineering technology fields to collaborate on solutions to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice.

Ed at COE conference

Ed will be talking about how North American Eagle™ engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build the 56 foot long, 45,500 hp vehicle. They are team players with independent minds.

Keith & Ron compare calculators

Old vs. New – Abacus Squares Up Against the HP 50g

Leslie Porterfield New Co-Driver

LeslieBig news in the past few weeks has been the addition of Leslie Porterfield to Team North American Eagle™ as new co-driver.  Leslie already holds the title of world’s fastest woman on two wheels and 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. Welcome aboard, Leslie!  You rule on two wheels…..go for it on five wheels with a jet engine throttle in hand.

To read more  about Leslie visit her website

Col Joe Kittinger Book

come up and get meFriend and consultant to the  North American Eagle™ Col Joe Kittinger’s book, Come Up and Get Me is now available in softcover from   The hardcover version is nearly sold out with copies going on Borders for over $200!  If you haven’t got your copy yet now would be the time while supplies last.  The softcover is now being sold, along with a Kindle version.

Ed, Joe, wife & Keith