In this update: Front steering box is complete; tow straps; advance team to the Alvord Test Site and the Eagle to make an appearence in Austin TX

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It looks like the spring weather has showed up at the North American Eagle™ hangers as Sam Yellowbird, John Winchester, Larry Martinson, Chris Greene, Les Holm and Keith Zanghi spent a short day at the hanger.

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It was bring your hot rod to work day as Les, John and Chris drove their favorite ride on this beautiful May day.


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Steve Rima has been working virtual all week and arived at the hanger with a 12 volt to 9 volt converter. We will use this on our internal communications with our David Clark headsets.

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Chris Greene started out on the team as a 14 year old hot shot motocross and BMX racer (now he is into superbikes) who went through our apprenticeship program and now is being mentored by Les Holm, retired AOG mechanic (Aircraft On Ground).  Today the two spent most of the day finishing up the front steering box.  We thought we had it done last week until we realized we were missing an overtravel safety stop.  So we went to work and by the end of the day the job was done. NEXT week we will reinstall the front wheel box into the car and bleed all the hydraulics.

John Winchester has been busy at his industrial sewing machine, once used for the manufacturing of parachutes, he took time out to build a VERY HEAVY DUTY tow strap.  He has a couple of 60 footers he will bring by next week.  Why tow hooks…well one problem with landspeed lakebeds is often times near the edge, water collects and it becomes a landspeed mud bed!  We have all pulled a fellow team mate from the quick sand just in time for dinner!


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Chris Greene and John Winchester


 Meanwhile back at the Alvord Ranch…

This past week Bernard McVay, Steve Green and Ed Shadle traveled to the Alvord Desert to revisit the lakebed and offer assistance to Paul and Toni Davis.   Paul took no time at all to put the new ranchands to work with some of the chores that seem to stack up on your average 1/4 million acre cattle ranch!

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Paul Davis and Ed Shadle

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 feature 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 test; and keynote presentations from leading technology thought leaders. 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 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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