In this update: Brakes; Parachutes; Mid skids; Com van

Today’s Featued Sponsors

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 Record warm weather continues this Saturday workday for Team NAE: Les Holm, Steve Rima, Von Armstrong,  Andrew Kirk, Ed Shadle, Brandyn Bayes, Lars Pedersen, Steve Wallace, Jason Mitchell, Keith Zanghi, Omar Chramosta

Ray Bower and his son Chris and friend John stopped by to see the Eagle 
F-104 Pilot Wolf Czaia and his friend Pilar stopped by

Guests visiting our new workplace today were friends and fellow workers of Keith, who gave them the tour around the car.  Ray Bower and his son Chris along with a friend John got a front to back tour.

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With the new rotors installed on the rear brakes, some minor modifications were needed to the hydraulic connections. The running wheels are on and the lines are ready to restore the  magnetic braking system back in working order.  Von took on the dirty task of sanding down the old parachute packer frame and getting it primed.

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Jason and Von were putting the finishing touches on the mounting rack for the redesigned parachute packing system. After the coat of primer and paint, the rack will be ready for the new cylinder to be connected and tested. Ed has modified the deployment release mechanism  on the chute cannisters. Keith has been at work fabricating a spindle assembly for the skids in the mid fuselage wheel well.

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Brandyn attended his last Parkland work party with the team for awhile.  He will be off to his first year at the University of Washington in Seattle. With his advanced abilities and knowledge of web site design and computer systems, Brandyn will continue to work on line as the project Director of Information and Technology.

Keith didn’t do any work on the van but got into the photo!

The two Steves are still engaged in getting the communication van in good working order.  Even though the unusually poor conditions of the dry lakebed this year has scrubbed our planned test runs at Alvord Desert, they plan on taking the van and radio and antennae equipment there in the next week or so, setting up for down range communication tests.  Today they had better rear tires replaced on the van.  The right front wheel also had a braking problem.  It was removed and the rotor assembly was cleaned up, adjusted, and road tested. 

 So it goes, on and off the road, as the North American Eagle™ project stays the course in the world of landspeed racing for records.  Stay with us.

 F4 Phantom arrives at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park – Please Donate

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Sherry and Colonel Joe Kittinger

Big things are happening in Orlando Florida.  The 30 ton F-4 Phantom arrived and will be repainted and placed on permanent display at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park at Orlando Executive Airport.  You can help deter some of the costs in a private fundraising.  For more information please contact Carolyn Fennel or Rod Johnson in the Office of  Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.  Click on the photo below and to watch the video.

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The LeMay Family Collection

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 New Lenovo Support

 A new level of support from Lenovo is changing the landscape in our operations.  In the very near future, the 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.

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 provides images to the North American Eagle™