In this update: Aerodynamics, electrical, and graduation party.

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Good day today as :  Les Holm, Andrew Kirk, Chris Greene, Rich Pengelley, Omar Chramosta, Steve Rima, Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle prepare the North American Eagle™ for a number of appearances; the biggest one being our test runs this October.


Upper Vertical Mount Fairing

Les spent most of the day locating and attaching the two upper vertical mounts fairings. Once those are in place we will fit the aerodynamic surfaces on the upper strut, followed by the forward struts.  Most of the time is spent making sure we can assemble everthing in the field.  Next week we should have the verticals complete.

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 Steve Rima worked on the 28 v DC transformer, while Rich was busy repairing a couple of the nut plates which were damaged during last year’s test session.  Chris and Andrew installed new front axle bolts and got a lesson in safety wiring…a technique that gets better only with practice.

Ed was a little late Saturday because he was giving free airplane rides at the EAA Young Eagles event at Thun Field.  Young Eagles gives young girls and boys their first exposure to flying; in hopes of inspiring the kids to become part of the aviation world.

Chris Greene’s Graduation Party Fly In

Chris and his family and friends came to Spanaway Airport on Sunday, ready to party!  Chris arrived in his work in progress, a vintage VW, complete with board and cooler strapped on top. His parents soon followed with the grill and all the fixings for a great barbecue.

Planes, brains, and a some what of an automobile.  Ed and John Drury had their planes all gassed and ready to take Chris and some friends up into the wild blue yonder. It was a beautiful day for flying and for enjoying a really good array of party foods, hot dogs, and burgers. 

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 Wally Tice and Ed Shadle

When Chris Greene’s parents wanted to give their son a graduation party that he would remember, they approached Ed and John Drury about having a good old fashion barbecue with a twist…taking guests up for airplane rides!

Experimental Aircraft Association Presentation, Thun Field, WA

Ed and Keith will be giving a presentation to the EAA this Tuesday, July 9th.  This will be a forerunner to the Seattle Museum of Flight speech later this month.

 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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