In this update: Ed takes flight; New rotors; Parachute packing; Com van maintenance; Computer updating

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A gorgeous day in our part of the Northwest as team members met for another Saturday work session: Brandyn Bayes, Von Armstrong, Lars Pedersen, Steve Rima, Jason Mitchell, Les Holm. Ed Shadle, Andrew Kirk, John Drury, Larry Martinson

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 With our 56′ long jet car in superb running condition, the elements have once again put us off.  Paul Davis, from his Alvord, Oregon ranch adjacent to the lake bed, gave us a heads up.  We were hopeful that the usual seasonal rainfall on the playa would percolate down and dry off, leaving a hard, long, and flat surface.  Didn’t happen. Not enough rain.  A quick trip for a course inspection was evident.  John Drury and Ed Shadle flew down earlier in the week to check the lakebed first hand.  The Alvord is unsuitable for any speed by our 6 ton race car this year.  So we will continue to make refinements and prepare for next year.  Such is the lot of land speed racing.  The weather wins every time.  

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Early this day, Ed, John Drury, and Tom Walrath, all pilots, took to the air and flew into the Lynden airfield, just this side of the Canadian border.  There they met up with Steve Green of Eagle Machine, Inc. in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.  Steve had done some precision machining of two new spacers that pair with our new brake rotors. Their flight, up and back, took less then 3 hours on a perfect flying day.

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So the major work effort today was installing the new rotors for the rear braking system.  The newly designed system should  prove to be much more efficient.

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Jason continued work on the parachute packing hydraulic ram and Ed still has his attention on the parachute cannisters deployment components.

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We had a brief electrical problem that shut down some outlets in the work area.  Steve Rima finally traced it to a faulty radio transmitter he has been working on.  It caused some GFI outlets to trip off. That problem solved, Steve is working on the A/C unit in the communications van.

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 Brandyn installed the latest updates to the Lenovo ThinkPads. Stay tuned in to our project through these updates and on our social media sites on the North American Eagle Facebook page and Twitter. It is an on-going and challenging work in progress.

 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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 Jet Blast From The Past

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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 Landspeed.com 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.

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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 Clounds.net provides images to the North American Eagle™