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It was unload today at the hangar after a successful engine test at Sanderson Field in Shelton, Washington last weekend.  Andrew Kirk, John Winchester, Tom Tiede, Chris Greene, Bernard McVay, Corey Dawson, Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle unloaded the 56 foot long North American Eagle™ into the hangar.


 Bernard, Chris, and Andrew unload the Eagle


Daniel and Ryan Towe were a big help today. Towe will play left tackle at Central next year.

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Calorie burning day at the hangar as the Eagle is unloaded from the trailer

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One of the least fun things to do on the Eagle is to unload the car after a test session.  On Friday, the body has finally stopped hurting from the previous weekend activities; and then unload day comes and you know you are going to be feeling it for awhile. A small team showed up to do the hard work, including a couple of friends of Chris. Daniel, and Ryan Towe are a pair of big farm boys who fit right in on the unload activities.  Towe will be playing for Central Washington College this year on a football scholarship; the heavy lifting today gave him a day off from his regular training regimen. 

Once the car was unloaded, Tom, Les and Keith went to work removing the travel axle and reinstalling the race axle. By the end of the day the work was done; ready to begin installation of the aerodynamic airfoils next week. Ed and his son- in- law, Elliott, spent most of the day cleaning the trailer and getting it ready for our Seattle Museum of Flight display on the last weekend in July, and the Austin, TX, appearance at National Instrument Week in August.


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 starting Saturday, July 27,  through Monday, the 29th.  Come by and meet the crew. Don’t forget to bring your camera!


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. NIWeek 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.

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