Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this update:  Semi tractor repaired; Vertical struts prepared for installation;  Spacer plate support members attached and new Lenovo ThinkStation video on YouTube.

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Checking in for today’s work session: Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Chris Greene, Brandyn Bayes, Rich Pengelley, Omar Chramosta, and John Winchester.  Working tirelessly through the week Darren Grove, Jon Higley and Tricia Wood.

The weather report for today at our Spanaway, Washington hangar….rain and lots of it…but the team was inside, high and dry and working.  Ed has been busy during the week checking off a number of items on his to-do list. Among other things, he worked on the semi tractor, making it road ready, and finished work on the vertical struts.

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This Saturday, the focus centered on making all the pieces come together and fit.  The finished strut ends were drilled for the fastnening bolts and attached to the fuselage.  The opposite ends were attached to the axle with precisely measured blocks welded into place.


The newly designed axle modification replaced the former long and heavy strut rails with shorter vertical struts.  This new design is the result of CFD analysis being done by Darren Grove and rest of the aerodynamic team.  The new aerodynamic profile is more efficient and stability and control have been greatly improved.  Today, fuselage spacer plate support members were fabricated and welded into place on both sides of the rear axle.


Ed and Keith gathered the team for a briefing on upcoming events, including the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals August 3-5th and plans for our fall test runs. Valerie Thompson will be at both events.  Brandyn pictured above has been working on a couple of projects virtual at home.  He is coming out with concept images of our new iPhone App and working with Tricia Wood on a revised Gear Page.  Look for both, as shown below, in the next couple of weeks. As always, we are very grateful to our many sponsors for their support.  And we are still looking for the major corporate sponsor to step up.  Hello?  Big things are happening.  You can be a part. Stay tuned.

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New Lenovo Video

This past week Lenovo released a new video highlighting their Lenovo ThinkStations and the North American Eagle™  All of the NAE video was put together and edited by Steve Wallace.  Click on the photo below to watch the Lenovo ThinkStation and North American Eagle™ video.  Lenovo supplies ThinkStations and ThinkPads to the North American Eagle™ project.

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Lenovo Video 


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