In this update: Engine maintenance; Tail cone Lizard Skinned; Fairings and compartment doors; Fuselage interior spruced up; Another pod cast produced and the team remembers Memorial Day
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A nice turnout for a Memorial Day Weekend: Ed Shadle, Brandyn Bayes, Von Armstrong, Jon Higley, Keith Zanghi, Les Holm and son, Garrett, Lars Pedersen, Andrew Kirk, John Drury. Larry Martinson and Omar Chramosta both checked in later in the day. Brandyn came with his friend and classmate, Chris Banks.
|Sgt Dennis R Silvesan|
|Lars points to the location of Sgt Selvesan’s engraved name|
On Memorial Day, Americans honor the men and women who have died while serving their country. Today, many of the team members talked about what memorial day means to them. Omar, who always seems to have a story, talked about the many times flying C-141s from Vietnam to America, hauling the soldiers who were killed in action. Lars then told us a secret that he wasn’t going to tell us about! This past week, Lars machined some caps for the rear axle magnetic pack. Behind one of the caps, Lars machined in the name of one of his fellow soldiers and friend, who died in Vietnam: Sgt Dennis R Silvesan. Sgt Dennis Ray Silvesan was a member of the of HSB, 6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery. He was born on December 24, 1948. He was killed in action on Sunday May 24, 1970, in the Province of Pleiku, South Vietnam.
Sgt Silvesan’s memory will now ride forever on the North American Eagle™ Lars has carried a photo of Sgt Silvesan with him in his car wherever he travels. To read more about Sgt Dennis Silvesan click on this link.
We also would like to honor Von Armstrong’s father, MM2C James Herbert Armstrong who was killed in action aboard the destroyer USS Boyd December 8, 1943 off Japanese held Nauru Island. Fourteen of his shipmates also received fatal injuries from the shore artillery batteries. The photo above is Von as a boy with his father. The USS Boyd, a Fletcher class destroyer, is shown below.
|USS Boyd DD-544|
The hangar was so full of North American Eagle™ parts and carts that there was no working room inside; everything had to be moved outside except for the car itself. The huge engine on its trailer, the tail cone and the nose cone on their carts, and some fairing parts were all moved out doors….a very good thing that we had a rain free day.
With the tail cone off and the engine out, some needed tasks were good to go. During the week, Ed removed a fuel filter, cleaned up a bunch of fine dust gunk, and got it back in good shape for reinstalling. Les and Ed went over the engine, checking connections and lubricating the moveable parts. Some unused original wire bundles and fittings inside the fuselage are slated for removal and the interior cleaned up.
Andrew continued to smooth out the finish on some rear axle fairings before they are primed and painted. Andrew is doing a great job! Les and Keith rebuilt a faulty latch assembly for a door panel.
Keith took on the big job of spraying the interior of the tail cone with a thick coating of LizardSkin® material. It not only provides protection from the elements, it also has an amazing heat absorbing quality. The intense heat resulting from the jet afterburner blisters the outside paint and decals without this added protection. The project also uses LizardSkin® on other components exposed to the harsh desert environment of our lakebed runs.
Brandyn continues to prepare our website and our internal communications system for major changes that will greatly improve operations. Thanks to Lenovo and our new computer capabilities we will soon have a state of the art capability. Brandyn briefed Ed, Keith and Von on the progress. Look for another blog cast soon to come on today’s activities and stay tuned for updates on our road to achieving new record setting land speeds.
|Omar shared storys today about Memorial Day|
Jet Blast From The Past
|Junk yard dog(before) Scroll to the very top of page for (now)|
New Lenovo Support
A new level of support from Lenovo will be changing the landscape in our operations. In the very near future, the Landspeed.com website will be residing on servers on loan from Lenovo. A new ThinkServer will now be hosting all the content from the website, and provide storage for our engineering and intellectual property needs.
|Afterburner Docking Stations|
Lenovo is heavily embedded into our daily operations, with ThinkPads and ThinkStations providing support for website production, engineering consisting of mechanical and structural analysis and aerodynamic capabilities. Now we are pleased to announce the addition of new Lenovo ThinkServers to the North American Eagle™ team.
|ThinkPad, ThinkStation and now ThinkServer|
North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show! Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.
|The Grand National Roadster Show trip was sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool|
Since 1926, AERIAL Machine and Tool has been a top supplier for the US Department of Defense, a distinction that continues today. The company expanded as the nation prepared for World War II. Sewing capabilities were added and the company began to specialize in life-safety equipment, parachute hardware and accessories, belts, harnesses, restraints and case goods. These products remain an important part of AERIAL’s business even today. They support every branch of the US Armed Services: Coast Guard, Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.
For 10 years AERIAL Machine and Tool has been supporting the efforts of the North American Eagle™. We are proud to be associated with them! Visit their website and see the amazing contribution they are making to our country!
Mobile Apps Keep Improving!
We like to keep introducing new features for all of our mobile users, but sometimes it’s important to give it a new look as well. We are excited to announce that NAE Mobile 3.1 for iOS is now available! It has a new interface that looks absolutely incredible. The update also includes support for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We highly recommend that you upgrade to iOS 7 so that you can take full advantage of this update. Download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.
For all of our Android users, we have released an updated version of NAE Mobile, which now includes Android 4.4 KitKat Compatibility! You can download the update by going to the Google Play Store.
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