In this update:  Work continues on rear axle; Mid-wheel compartment closure; Field radio sets being checked

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Checking in at the hangar today: Les Holm, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Jon Higley, Rich Pengellley, Chris Greene, and Larry Martinson. A prospective new member to the team, Steve Rima, made a first visit to the work party.  Steve is a racing fan and also brings over 30 years of experience in maintaining vital medical electronic monitoring equipment at Valley Medical Center. He is taking on the task of analyzing our field radios and checking out the equipment.

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Always a welcome visitor, Russ Zanghi, Keith’s dad, stopped by to see if Keith was behaving himself. 

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Keith getting ready to weld with our Central Welding tig welder

More steel strength was added to the rear axle support system.  Pattern layouts determined the attachment points between the axle and the fuselage.  New attachment hardware was fabricated and drilled for installation.  This is a step by step process of measuring, fitting, devising attachment hardware and finally welding the structures together on each side of the rear axle. Keith, Les, Chris and Larry were at work again today, making it all happen.  Special thanks to our welding sponsors, Central Welding Supply.

Rich has spent countless hours on the major modification of the mid wheel compartment and doors. He is putting on the finishing touches that will provide for a smooth air flow over the area during high speed runs. 

The next few weeks should see some major task completions that will have the North American Eagle™ ready for some high speed test runs.  What remains is the coming together of an approved racing venue, decent weather, and the financial aid needed to put all the personnel , equipment and supplies in place; then our 56′ long jet car will be ready to roll.

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