In this update: Fairing fabrications completed; Electrical components installed; Data acquisition system checked; Equipment tested
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Brandyn Celebrates his Birthday with the team!
Lots of hangar activity this Saturday as team members showed up for work: Keith Zanghi, Steve Wallace, Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Steve Rima, Chris Greene, Von Armstrong, Andrew Kirk, Jon Higley, Larry Martinson, Rich Pengelly, Brandyn Bayes, John Drury, Omar Chramosta, and John Winchester. Visiting today were Rich’s cousin, Randy Knight, and Randy’s friend, Bob Engdal. Rich gave them their first close up look at our North American Eagle™.
A special day for Brandyn, his 17th birthday! When his parents asked him how he wanted to celebrate, he chose the work day at the hangar. So they brought his cake by to share with the team. In fact, two cakes. Nice! Thank you. We shared
Les Holm has been practically living at the hangar the past few weeks as he and Keith are putting the finishing touches on the rear axle fairings. The components fit nicely together and were designed to be installed and taken down in about a half hour. Sounds easy but there are hundreds of man hours that have been spent on this job from design through fabrication and fitting. The team would like to thank Central Welding Supply and its family of welding suppliers Pacific Welding Suppy, Welders-direct.com and Xpress Cryogenics for making it possible.
The two Steves, Wallace and Rima, have been working in the electrical compartment’s power supply, wiring in a new regulator and backup unit and doing some circuit testing. Steve W began sorting out what equipment to take to the Alvord, including ice pack containers and a small freezer for the data compartment’s heat exchanger cooling system. He also had a helping hand from Brandyn, the birthday boy, as they loaded data into the Lenovo laptop computer that will ride along in the Eagle’s data acquisition compartment.
Ed was busy in the cockpit with his guages and wiring. He also began installing more electrical outlets and interior lighting in the semi trailer.
All hands were kept busy as equipment tests were run and the team prepares for the test sessions at the Alvord Desert. Next Saturday will be a busy one as the car and equipment is loaded into the trailer.
The North American Eagle™ Partners with LeMAY – America’s Car Museum®
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.
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.
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Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop