In this update: Rear axle fairing completed; Engine throttle adjusted; Test run planning continues.
Today’s Featured Sponsors
A full crew turned out for this Saturday work party: Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Keith Zanghi, Tom Tiede, Chris Greene, Bernard McVay, Dave Selby, Bill Eckberg, Chris Hughes, John Drury, Corey Dawson, Andrew Kirk and Layne Smith.
A sizable project was finished up today as Bernard and Keith completed the welding, grinding and surface preparation on the rear axle fairing. It was designed and fitted to cover the parachute canisters and rear axle area, providing an aerodynamic air flow for the expected sub- sonic speeds planned for our forthcoming test runs.
The steel fairing was cut and formed to our specifications by Hjorth Consultanting in Ballard WA; Everett Steel Company provided all the material. Both are long time sponsors of the North American Eagle™. Priming, painting, and sponsor decals is next. Many thanks again to our welding sponsors Central Welding Supply, Pacific Welding Supply and Welder-Direct.com
Bill, Chris and Dave solved a problem with the engine throttle linkage that was slightly out of adjustment and required some fine tuning through the speed ranges from idle to maximum military settings.
Chris Greene and Andrew spent some time rigging the parachute deployment system that opens the canisters on command and deploys the parachutes.
Floor sessions under the car are often conducted to see just what is needed to accommodate the latest modifications. The domino effect is often present. One change leads to another change leads to another change.
Work remains during the week in connecting the water spray lines to the brake cooling system and preparing the camera locations that will record each test run. We will also be hosting some good folks from the Washington State Highway Patrol who will be coming out to our Spanaway, WA hangar to weigh in our 56 foot long, 6½ ton jet car (Precise weight to be determined).
Load up is next Saturday, October 13th. We are hoping for a good turnout of our all volunteer team members needed to get the car out of the hangar and into the trailer….and lots of equipment and supplies packed up , loaded up, and ready for the road. Loving the ad..”This is not your father’s Oldsmobile,” Team NAE is priming for some heavy work, some long hauling, and some really fast test runs in Oregon’s Alvord Desert.
North American Eagle Website and Mobile App Updates
For those of you have not had the chance to explore our updated website, here is a quick overview of all of our recent changes. First of all, the entire interface has been redone to support superior viewing from tablets and smartphones. The menu has been simplified for easy navigation throughout the entire site. As part of the update, we are proud to announce the upcoming release of the Member Center. The new Member Center will have exclusive content for our fans. The Member Center will initially be available to our Eagle’s Lair Members. More information will be available soon.
Updates for NAE Mobile are also now available to connect with the new website. These updates include improved access to Project Updates as well as all of the other pages. Available exclusively on the iPad is the ability to shop through the Gear Store for your favorite items as well as access to the Member Center when it becomes available. The iPad version will also now rotate to any rotation for optimal viewing.
New Lenovo Video
Lenovo recently released a new video featuring the North American Eagle™ . The NAE™ scenes were edited by Steve Wallace. Team NAE™ uses Lenovo ThinkStations and ThinkPad for aerodynamic and engineering analysis. Click on the photo below and watch this exciting video!
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