In This Update: Hangar gets some straightening;  Design continued on rear axle fairing; Clearance checked on speed brake doors; A Doolittle Raider; The Woman of Purdue and High School Graduation – Alvord Ranch Style!

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Team members on the North American Eagle™ project put another work session behind them this Saturday morning:  Tom Tiede, Von Armstrong, Les Holm, Keith Zanghi, Jon Higley, Rich Pengelley, Chris Greene, Steve Rima and Brandyn Bayes.  Ed Shadle was busy eating barbeque at the Alvord Ranch!

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Every once in awhile. . .somehow. . .someway. . .an item turns up among the missing; who knows where?  In someones car, truck, or trailer, left on a dry lake bed, on a wrong, shelf, in a wrong drawer. Just plain gone.  Usually it happens just when needed for a task at hand.


Von secures the electronics bay door

Such was the case today.  Search initiated, reward offered, but to no avail.  Keith’s favorite air driven tool seems to have joined up with the rubber hammer, also missing.  But hope springs eternal.  Maybe if the reward is upped??  Yet, there is an upside. During the search, some areas of the hangar got a good sweeping and clean up.  Items were put in place, or a better place.  In every cloud…a silver lining. 

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The rear axle fairing design was on-going.  Mock ups were made, keeping in mind aerodynamic requirements, the best use of fairing material, and exact locations. Today’s test entailed the clearance necessary between the vertical struts and the opening and closing of the speed brake doors.  The portable pump was connected to the hydraulic lines to pressurize the open/close mechanisms of the two doors.  They were operated several times and critical measurements taken to assure there will be no conflict with the fairing components. The final designs will enclose all areas identified as being subject to harmful air turbulance at high speeds.


Tom Tiede trims a aerodynamic mock up fairing

We will be loading up the car in a couple of weeks for the static engine test to be held at the Sanderson Field Airport in Shelton, Wa. on June 15th.

High School Graduation – Alvord Ranch Style!



Barbeque on a cattle ranch

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Meanwhile 12 hours to the South, Ed and his wife Elaine traveled to the Alvord Ranch to help celebrate the high school graduation of the Davis’ daughter, Elizabeth.  With over 150 people in attendance, and 2500 head of cattle to choose from, it was a barbeque to end all barbeques!  As always, Toni Davis was the master chef  and everyone had a great time on such a wonderful occasion.  While there, Ed made an inspection of the lake bed and said if it wasn’t for a migratory bird that no one has ever seen, we would be ready to start doing test runs.  The lake bed is in great shape and will be ready when we arrive. 

Memorial Day Visit – Doolitle’s Raider


Ed Shadle and Ed Saylor

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Ed Saylor autographs Ed’s 9th Grade copy of Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo


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This past week, Ed and Keith were joined by one of our sponsors, Mark Moore (Uremet Corporation) and his brother Dan, to listen to one of the participants in the Doolittle’s raid over Tokyo at the start of World War II.  At 93, Ed Saylor talked to a full house about his experiences as an engineer in aircraft # 15 on that fateful day of April 18, 1942.  

Ed and Keith were lucky enough to have their photos taken with Col Ed Saylor.  Ed was able to get his 9th grade book, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, signed by Col Saylor himself!  It was a great way to start a Memorial Day weekend, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives, so that Americans, and the world, could live in freedom.  Please read the unbelievable true story of these brave young men who came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.


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Kaddie McNamee shows us her best roller coaster pose

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This past week Craig and Kimberly McNamee brought thier daughter Kaddie to the hanger for a tour of the 56 foot long North American Eagle™  Kaddie graduates later this month from Purdue University.  We wish her all the best on the next part of her life! 


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