In this Update:  Capture 3D captures the Eagle; Axles removed; New hydraulic lift in design stage; Data systems being upgraded; Ed reports out on STEAM

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 A good turnout today at the hangar: Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Von Armstrong, Steve Rima, Jon Higley, Chris Plass, Andrew Kirk, Rich Pengelley, Chris Greene, Steve and Libby Wallace.

 Tristan Sharp and Micah Carter from Capture 3D

On Thursday, Les, Chris Greene, and Von showed up at 08:00 hrs in time to greet the reps from Capture3D; there to update the aerodynamic data acquired from previous scans.  Micah Carter and Tristan Sharp came with a car load of highly technical equipment which they promptly unloaded and went to work.

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They applied target points and sticker dots over all of the rear fuselage and axle assembly, sprayed them with a dusting agent that took off the shine, and scanned both sides of the car.  This involved taking hundreds of overlapping pictures that captured every last minute surface detail. 

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The photo and scanning process was downloaded into computer images that were merged into previous models; taken before we made major changes to the rear axle and fairings.  The new three dimensional images replicate the jet car’s profile and enable our aerodynamics team to predict where and how supersonic speed air flows affect our runs. Our thanks to Capture3D and the fine work of Micah and Tristan.  It was a long day, but one well worth putting behind us.

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Today, all of the car’s components required for the scanning process were removed.  The fairings, struts, and  running rear axle assembly was removed and the wheels taken off. They will soon be on the way up to Eagle Machine, Inc. in Canada where they will undergo a complete  bearing inspection and service.

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Les, Ed and Keith are looking into a design for a new hydraulic lift cylinder that will raise the car up high enough to get the nose wheel onto the mobilizer trailer after speed runs.  This will shorten the time it takes to get the car turned around and towed back into position for the next run.

 Chris Plass works with CATIA on a Lenovo ThinkStation

Chris Plass spent time analysing our computer design system and licensing requirements.  We are looking forward to some sorely needed upgrades and new laptop/networking capability.  Tom Peterson and family provided a welcome change from our typical hotdog lunch.  Tom, friend and coworker of Keith, dropped off a delicious array of Thai spring rolls and appetizers. Oh Yeah. . . .they were great.  Thanks much.


Ed had a good experience at the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Customer FORUM in Las Vegas where he spoke about how we use the Landspeed project to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to K thru 12 students.  He highlighted Chris Greene, Andrew Kirk, Brandyn Bayes and the Dirks Brothers from Canada.


Dassault Leadership Team

Bernard Charlès CEO and Philippe Forestier EVP, Global Afairs and Community


The North American Eagle™ Partners with LeMAY – America’s Car Museum®

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We are happy to announce a partnership with the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. ACM spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile.  Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma, Wash., 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, became one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opened in June 2012.


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ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture.  The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.

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“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”

The Eagle will be attending auto shows all across America promoting this unique facility. 

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 for iOS 2.2 is now available!  It has a brand 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.  You can download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.  

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 Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop