In this update: Jessi drives the Mint 400;  and a 1948 Tucker seen up close!

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A busy day at the hangar today as Cory Mitchell, Steve Rima, Steve Wallace, Von Armstrong, Jason Mitchell, Chris Greene, Trish Wood, Omar Chramosta, Keith Zanghi, Les Holm, Ed Shadle, and our newest team member Jack Eystad, spent another day working on the North American Eagle™  Jack joins the team as an expert on aerospace parachute maintenance and repair.  He will be working with Chris Greene and Jason Mitchell in support of the parachute operations.

Jessi Combs and her team at the Mint 400

Jessi got her Mint 400  license!

While most of the team was dodging intermittent snow in the Seattle area, Jessi Combs was enjoying the warm weather competing in the Mint 400 off road race.  We wished  her good luck.

Eric LeMay and Ed Shadle next to a 1948 Tucker

1953 George Barris built Studebaker

Keith inspects the 7 foot long model of the Eagle

Today Von Armstrong, Trish Wood, and Keith Zanghi traveled to the nearby LeMay Museum to help Ed Shadle present “Challenging the World Land Speed Record” to patrons of the museum.  The LeMAY Family Collection Automotive Museum,  located in Spanaway WA,  contains a plethora of automobiles on display for the viewing public.  Even Jay Leno would be impressed with the collection of Duesenbergs.  In the audience was Eric LeMay, grandson of the museum’s founder Harold LeMay.  He gave Ed and Keith a tour of some of the unique vehicles in the collection, including a 1948 Tucker.

Ed & Les model our brand new David Clark Hearing Protectors

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Long time sponsor of the Eagle, The David Clark Company has sent us some hearing protectors to try out.  The start crew uses David Clark headsets exclusively for critical communications with each other.  Now other team members can enjoy the hearing protection using the very effective David Clark Hearing Protectors.

Jack Eystad newest team member



Glenn from Electronic Dimensions

Steve Wallace was at his favorite electronics store in Tacoma: Electronic Dimensions.  A longtime friend of the project, Glenn Galati has been helping us out.  Steve was searching for a 24 volt power supply.

Les Holm finishes the new hydraulic system

For the past three weeks, Crew Chief Les Holm has been leading up the efforts to replace our steering system.  The new “Fly by Wire” will yield accuracy of steering positioning within a few hair thicknesses.  Weeks ago Les gutted the hydraulics bay and began the process of reconfiguring the new system.  Throughout the process, different team members have been adding their talents that are reflected in the final product.  Weeks ago David Martinson welded up the new platform; Lars Pedersen has been burning the midnight oil at his machine shop in Longview WA; Cory Mitchell is heading up the rewiring power supply and his brother Jason has been turning wrenches with cousin Les.  The new system is cleaner, simpler and easier to maintain.  Next week we will start the process of installing the electronics.



Steve Rima, Keith Zanghi and Jason Mitchell work on the mobilizer winch


Eagle being towed with mobilizer

Another task completed this weekend was the rebuild of the mobilizer used to tow the Eagle out to the lakebed.  After 53 runs, highly alkaline dirt has taken its toll on the mechanical and electrical systems on the WARN Winch.  It was one of those things that kept working and stayed out of sight out of mind in the trailer.  At last year’s test session, we started getting telltale hints things were going south.  Over the past few weeks, the team has completely dismantled, repainted and replaced worn out components.  With brand new Cortland Puget Sound Rope and a shiny new paint job, the unit works and looks great!

Trish Wood installs fasteners on the parachute belly pan



In two short weeks, the North American Eagle™ hangar will be hosting The Association of Museums tour.  Museum directors from all over the world will come and visit the Eagle hangar.  We are a satellite of the world famous LeMay Family Collection of Automobiles.  Started by its founder, Harold LeMay, the museum has the largest automotive collection in the world.

The team this week was busy re-assembling the fairings and getting the Eagle in “Race Trim”  Ed was on top of the Eagle applying wax to bring out the shiny signature livery.

Blast From The Past

A Fixer Upper

Pete Knight flying 56-0763 and Joe Engle flying the X-15

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure is a fitting idiom for the North American Eagle™ Project.  It is hard to believe the top photo above is the Eagle on its death bed.  Once a proud contributor to the space program and flown by this country’s greatest test pilots, 56-0763 went from foster home to foster home until the men and women from North America Eagle formally adopted her.  The “surgeons” on the team pulled the aircraft out of ICU and gave it new life as North America’s challenger for the 763 mph world land speed record.  We are so close to our goal with over 53 runs to date and a top speed of 515 mph.

S&S Turbine Services provides 45,500 horses for the Eagle

Dassault Systèmes offers 3DEXPERIENCE


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Dassault Leadership Team

Bernard Charlès and Phillip Forestier at COE

Mr. Charlès is the Vice Chairman , CEO and Mr. Forestier is the EVP, Global Affairs and Communities.  Dassault Systèmes is a long time sponsor of the North American Eagle™ providing CATIA design Software solutions, working closely with IDEX Solutions.  We have made numerous appearances at COE Conventions in Las Vegas and Orlando, along with The European CATIA Forum in Paris France.

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LeMay Family Collection is a long time sponsor of the North American Eagle™

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