In this update: Land speed pioneer Hal Needham passes away

 Hal Needham 1931 – 2013


Hal Needham 

Hal Needham passed away today at the age of 82.  He was the owner and man behind one of the most recognized land speed efforts; the first automobile to break the sound barrier.  The Budweiser Rocket Car with Stan Barrett driving, made a 731.9 mph run at Edwards Air Force Base on December 17, 1979. Hal was a Korean War veteran, and a paratrooper noted for his toughness.  He later became a bit player in the movies and a stuntman/double in more than 300 featured films.  Given the opportunity to direct, his debut film as a director was ” Smokey and the Bandit.”  A close friend of Burt Reynolds, the two were noted for changing Hollywood films forever with a new “red neck” down south  genre.  Panned by critics after the release, today, Smokey and Bandit has had an estimated $365 million gross income.  Hats off to a pioneer speedster, a daredevil, a film icon, and a man who lived life to its fullest. 

Every single time the North American Eagle™ was on display, at least one fan would talk about the amazing accomplishments of the Budweiser Rocket Car.  Ed and Keith have been at Edwards Air Force base many times, and on every single visit, they met someone who was present on that December day in 1979.  We never had the privilege to meet Mr Needham, but we knew that he and driver Stan Barrett, along with the car builder Bill Fredrick, paved the way for teams like ours to receive the visibility that we do today. He will always be remembered in the history of land speed racing.

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Ed Shadle to Speak at Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Customer FORUM 

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Click on the graphic above and read more about this exciting conference!

Ed will be traveling to Las Vegas to speak at Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIECE Customer FORUM November 12-13. 2013.  Sponsored by Idex Solutions, Ed will be presenting and meeting with industry executives.  Dassault Systèmes (3DS) has entered a new phase in the evolution of how we bring value to our customers – moving beyond PLM to deliver holistic, 3D experiences to imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing products, nature and life. Combining social innovation capabilities, realistic 3D Virtual experiences, and intelligent search-based technologies, 3DS is pioneering a new technological wave: a 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to serve the social enterprise. Dassault Systèmes and IDEX Solutions have been long time sponsors of the North American Eagle™

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.


LeMay – America’s Car Museum – Tacoma Washington

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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LeMay – America’s Car Museum New Sponsor

“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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