In this Update:  Radio com tests; Hydraulic lines connected; Parachute packing; Planning for SEMA Conference

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At work today on the North American Eagle: Steve Wallace, Steve Rima, Les Holm, Ed Shadle, Lars Pedersen, Andrew Kirk, Von Armstrong, Keith Zanghi, Chris Greene, Rich Pengelley and Brandyn Bayes.

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Ed applied a new and updated list of team members onto the fuselage. Counting three of our members who have passed on, 54 men and women make up the team. Big thanks to our friends Lisa and Thor Holder at Signs By Tomorrow Houston South.  Plans are underway for a new design of the huge Eagle that runs the length of the fuselage.  The old feathers are looking kind of raggedy and Eddy Harris, the noted and professional artist of automotive works has committed to reviving the eagle’s appearance.  Eddie once worked for Hanna-Barbera and his work ranges from the top hot rodders, the Dallas Cowboys, and the White House.


In the wee hours of this morning, the two Steves loaded up the Uremet Corporation sponsored com van and set out on the 12 hour road trip to the Alvord Desert.  Though our fall test runs had to be scrubbed because of poor playa conditions, they decided that we could still test out the very vital communication links down the length of the lakebed. New radio transceivers and antenna towers will be operated as they would be during actual test runs. Special thanks to Paul Davis at the Alvord Ranch, who will be providing a secondary vehicle on the playa.

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 Here at Parkland center  the team continued to work on some unfinished projects.  Andrew and Chris put the parachute packing frame together and began laying out the high speed chutes, using the new hydraulic hand press to pressure pack the chutes and lines into their deployment bags. This process will make chute packing on the lakebed a much quicker and more effective operation. Ed took care of some touchup paint. 

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 Les, Keith, Ed and Rich got the rear hydraulic lines connected; then the system was bled and balanced for operation.  The rear magnetic brakes and the air brake doors were function tested.

Master mechanic Rich Pengelley takes a tool inventory


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A lifetime friend of Les Holm, Bruce Allenbaugh, came by the hangar today.  Bruce was the former Senior Vice President of Marketing for Safeco Insurance. 

The Eagle will be on prominent display during the first week of November at the huge SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) annual conference, held each year in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Attendance is normally around 100,000 people and Team NAE will be on hand to show off our big red jet car and answer a whole lot of questions.   Keith got started today on some touch up paint.  The antenna panel had seen its share of abuse over the years, so Keith sanded, prepped, and repainted the panel.  It will be ready for some Signs By Tomorrow Houston South decals next week!  Our team briefing today had Ed leading the discussion about our plans and items needed to be completed before our pack and load for the trip.  

 F4 Phantom arrives at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park – Please Donate

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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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