In this update:   Mid Wheel doors modified; Equipment being readied for test runs; Ed announces good news; NAE headed to Chicago for IMTS.

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Today’s work party: Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Jeremiah Avery, Chris Greene, Keith Zanghi, John Winchester, and Omar Chramosta


Keith, Julie, Russ, Beau and Valentine

Special guests today;  Keith’s cousin, Julie Touchett, came in company with her two beautiful yellow Labrador Retrievers and a batch of freshly baked cookies.  Please come back anytime Julie!  Then Russ Zanghi dropped by.  Good times in the hangar.


Photo from Mars Curiosity or The Alvord Desert?

Ed advised the team that he had received a letter from the Bureau of Land Management essentially approving our use of the Alvord lakebed in Oregon for fall test runs. Barring any unforeseen last minute legal actions, the Eagle will roll in October.


Chris Greene Re-installs the mid wheels

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Keith and Russ get their heads together

Work remains while getting things in order before loading up for the trip.  The mid wheel compartment doors needed some modification to allow better wheel clearance.  Keith broke out the cutting wheels and welding unit and took that on.  Special thanks to Central Welding Supply.  At one point he and dad Russ put their heads together to survey the progress.

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Ed fashioned and attached a holding strap to the air start plug to prevent it being dropped into the innards of the fuselage.  Stored batteries are being tested and charged as needed.  John, Chris and Jeremiah set up tables and continued packing and repacking the parachutes  that will help bring our 56 foot long  6 ton jet car safely to a stop at the end of each test run. 


Laura Onstot from MSN

Laura Onstot from the Microsoft Network dropped by to interview Ed and Keith for an upcoming feature on MSN.  Look for a story around mid-September.  Another guest this week was Ann Davis.  Her husband Clay helped paint the red tail cone a couple of months ago.


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International Manufacturing  Technology Show September 10-15

Team North American Eagle™ will be headed on the road this upcoming week to the IMTS 2012 Show in Chicago IL.  Ed, Keith, and Steve Green will be appearing in the Geomagic Software and IMS Software booths during the show. It runs from September 10th through the 15th.  Below is the giant 8 ft high by 17 ft long banner that will be hanging in the IMS Software Booth!  Along with our 7 foot model and 55 inch LED screens blasting out NAE video;  the three will be on-hand to sign autographs and answer questions. 


IMS Software Display prior to shipment to Chicago

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  Corey Mayeda and Eric Young from Geomagic                        Ping Fu, CEO of Geomagic                

New iOS App

Android smart phone users have been using the NAE™ App for several months.  Now iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users can download the free app!  Read all the updates, and view photos and video from your smart phone.

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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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