In this update:  An artist at work; News Tribune visits; Bearings sleeve completed; Marine Corps brothers unite; Getting things ready for SEMA

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Clocking in for work this Saturday workday: Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Steve Rima, Andrew Kirk, Von Armstrong, Lars Pedersen, Rich Pengelley, Steve Wallace, Keith Zanghi

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First visitors to come by today; A cousin of Keith, Dan Zanghi from Pensylvania.  Danny was in town to attend a wedding and brought along two of his Notre Dame alumni, Susan and Mike.  All played trombones in the Notre Dame Marching Band, and of course played them at the wedding!  Knowing that no tour of the Eagle is free, Danny brought an assortment of Hershey products, which Keith moved to his car immediately.  If you are thinking of having trombones play at your next wedding, there are still a few open dates.

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 New feathers painted by Eddie Harris
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Staff Writer Alexis Krell from Tacoma News Tribune was here this morning to interview Ed for a feature story on the project. It was good timing as the car was fully assembled in preparation for a sponsor visit this week. Special thanks again to Lisa and Thor Holder from Signs by Tomorrow Houston South for rushing to produce a few decals this week!

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Keith has been burning the midnight oil after daylight ended all this past week.  The Eagle is undergoing an extensive face lift and a lot of sanding and masking of different areas on the fuselage is necessary.  Layers of old paint on the art work has to be sanded down in preparation for the new look to be applied.  Fortunately, Team NAE has a renowned artist that has undertaken the art part of that task. It has to be done in stages and should be completed before our trip south to Las Vegas; on display at the SEMA conference during the first week of November.

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Fellow Marine Corps brothers, Eddie Harris and Les Holm

Eddie Harris does magic with his brushes, tools, and paints.  Formerly with Hanna-Barbera Productions, his work is seen on every thing from airplanes, custom automobiles and hot rods, to a portrait of Ronald Reagan that hung in the White House during his term of office. From canvas to cars, he is THE go to man.

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New Jack Points

Our in house master machinist, Lars Pedersen, has been busy taking micrometer measurements of the mid wheel axle components for the past couple of weeks.  He finished up machining new bearing sleeves at home, and the midwheels were reinstalled today. The completed jack points have a dual role.  In the field with the fully covered rear axles,we had no way to jack the car.  Now we do, and we can also demonstrate the amazing LevX® magenetic braking.

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 Rich knows tools; all about them.  Which ones to use and how to use them.  He spent the day putting together a take along kit of tools that will be needed in Las Vegas at the SEMA Conference.  Steve Wallace was doing much the same with his electrical and data gathering equipment. Von Armstrong will be headed to the court house later this week to change his name to Brandyn.  Von can now write the updates on his iPad at the shop.

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Les and Andrew were making sure that all the fairings for the rear axle can be installed properly.  There is a lot of work involved in putting them together and taking them apart.  That has to be done each time the running axle is switched with the loading axle. That axle is much narrower, in order for the car to be ramped up and to be unloaded from the trailer.

 Today in Parkland, we had a gully washing down pour with thunder; news reports of a water spout on the south sound, and white fluffy clouds with sunshine on the way home.  That’s weather in the Pacific Northwest.

Artwork of Eddie Harris

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Visit and Like Eddie Harris facebook page to see more art from the master!

The LeMay Family Collection

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 A new level of support from Lenovo is 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.

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 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.

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North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show!  Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.

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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.

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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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   Eric Wittler’s Chasing Clounds.net provides images to the North American Eagle™