Project Updates gives you a look into the day-to-day workings of the project.

Nov. 17, 2011

 Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Darren Grove returns from Japan: Super Computers and Super Fast Cars…The North American Eagle™

Nov. 5, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Media Relations Specialist, Susan West, stops by to review upcoming public relations efforts; Jerry Lamb of LevX inspects the magnetic brakes: Mid-wheel doors may finally be complete: Front wheel is installed: Hydraulics lines are secured and Darren Grove heads back to Japan.

Oct. 29, 2011


Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Darren Grove returns from Tokyo, unpacks and gets ready to leave for Tokyo this week; Mark Moore delivers newly design magnetic brake rotors: Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi return from Edwards AFB and El Mirage October Meet and work continues on the North American Eagle™.

The weather held nice today, unlike many parts of the country.  Team NAE members assembling this fine fall morning were: Bernard McVay, Sean Rondestvedt, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Chris Greene and friend, Layne Smith, Bill Eckberg, Jon Higley, Omar Chramosta, John Winchester and Sam Yellowbird.

Oct. 17, 2011

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Time is growing short as Team NAE is racing the clock and trying hard to overcome the obstacles we face between now and the day we load up our six ton jet car and all the other tons of necessary equipment and vehicles to head South for test runs early next month. Today’s crew included Ed Shadle, Cameron Shadle,   Von Armstrong, Sean Rondestvedt, Bernard McVay, Keith Zanghi, Jon Higley, Omar Chramosta, Chris Greene, Steve Wallace, John Winchester, Sam Yellowbird, and Brandyn and Doug Bayes.

Oct. 8, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this update: Water pressure vessel is made: Mid- fairing work continues; Mobilizer is ready to go mobile and communication systems checked.

Several loose ends were being tied up today as the North American Eagle™ is fitted out for fall test runs early next month.  Team members meeting this fine Saturday morning were:  Ed Shadle, Cameron Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Chris Greene and friend Jared Schow, Jon Higley, Steve Wallace, Von Armstrong, John Winchester, Bernard and Dennis McVay, Omar Chramosta, John Drury, Larry and Dustin Martinson, Rich Pengelley, and Sam Yellowbird.

Oct. 1, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this update: Magnetic rotor gets a water cooling system: Mobilizer gets a new paint job: And Christmas arrives early at the Eagle Hangar.

Fall weather is definitely here and rain is in our forecast as Team NAE™ arrived at our Spanaway, WA  hangar.  The big red North American Eagle™ is being readied for her trip down to California lake bed country next month.  Test runs are anticipated to be in mid-range 400 to 500mph, weather and conditions permitting.

Sept. 24, 2011

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In this update: Mid-Wheel fairings: Start Cart tuned up: Endevco and Embassy International visit the Eagle.

A big turnout of team NAE™ members today as our jet car (former USAF Tail # 56-0763 F-104 Starfighter jet plane) is being readied for mid-range speed runs in November. Once the fastest airplane in the world, the North American Eagle™ continues on its quest to setting a new world speed record on land.  Present today:  Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, John Drury, Bernard McVay, Sean Rondestvedt, Rob Martinson, Larry Martinson, Chris Greene, Dave Selby and friend, Jason, Von Armstrong, Jon Higley, Corey Dawson,  and Omar Chramosta.  Visitors this week were Chris’s parents Angie and Tad.

Sept. 17, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Endevco pressures sensors are laid out; Mid-wheel fairings: Dust debris curtains trimmed and great-grandkids!

We are thinking fall has arrived early here in the Pacific Northwest, leaving summer days few and far behind as team NAE™ members met to continue preparations for the test run sessions in November:  Steve Wallace, Libby Wallace, Tom Tiede, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Darren Grove, Chris Greene, John Winchester, Bernard McVay, Keith Zanghi and Laura Sawicki.

Sept. 10, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Team Members turn out in droves;  Air sensors are laid out; New magnetic brake rotor design is finished; Spanaway’s first red hat club convenes.

This day marked a good turnout of team members and guests at our Spanaway, WA. hangar, home base of the North American Eagle™.  Our 56 foot long former jet plane is being readied for mid speed runs next month as we continue down the long challenging road to set a new world landspeed record of 800 mph.

Sept. 5, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Labor day team meeting; Endevco Meggitt sensor wires are routed: New website on the way: Mid-wheel doors ready to accept fairings.

With the one week of summer upon the Pacific Northwest, families across the Puget Sound area scrambled to put together their annual family reunions. Ed Shadle, along with cousins and NAE™ Team members Rob and Larry Martinson headed to Eastern Washington for their annual Shadle / Martinson Family reunion on the old reservation.