In this Update:  Jessi is Grand Marshall; Preparations for Air Show display;  Forklift precision; Wheels and studsThis Weeks Sponsors

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Rainy day and sunshine as the team checked in: Ed Shadle, Lars Pedersen, Les Holm, Keith Zanghi, Von Armstrong, Omar Chramosta.

Bill Eckberg, former NAE Crew Chief, paid us a visit to our Parkland headquarters.  A long- time Boeing employee with years on the flight line, Bill is retired and spent some time today catching up and talking the talk with the team.

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Meanwhile our co- driver of the North American Eagle, Jessi Combs,  is suited up this weekend to drive a 1927 Bugatti in the annual Great Race.  Look for her  team number 6 to go for the winners circle.  Not only is she driving, she is the Grand Marshall of the Great Race.  Check her route across country through http://www.greatrace.com/2016-route… and get out of her way!

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It is always a challenging operation to get things lined up for a display appearance of the North American Eagle. Plans are afoot to be a part of the annual Seafair celebration, which welcomes the Blue Angels and their awesome precision flight maneuvers.  Our former air force F-104 jet plane is now a big red jet car and will be at the flight museum on static display.

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Today we looked at adapting a spare set of wheels to the loading axle. This meant moving some heavy stuff around.  Keith took the controls of the duty fork- lift and did some fancy moving about to retrieve the wheel pair from a top shelf  and position them to the axle hub.