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Our project's goal - break the existing record of 763 mph (1,228 km/h) by reaching 800 mph (1,287 km/h)!

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NAE™ Project: Update

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April 17, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We met once again at our Spanaway hangar to ready our North American Eagle™ for its run for the world land speed record.  Present for today's work activities; Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, John Drury, Steve Wallace, Chris Greene, Sean Rondestvedt, Bill Eckberg, and we welcomed a new team member aboard, Tom Tiede. Tom has been following our team's progress and since he tuned in to media coverage of our test session at Sanderson Air Field last Saturday, and lives close to and a little north of Shelton, he decided to go for it. He is retired, he brings a wealth of aeronautical and engineering experience along with him and he was suited up in his coveralls first thing this morning at the hangar.

Our numbers were kind of slim first thing, but Ed, Tom, Von and John began the unloading process, and soon had the car out of the trailer, down the ramps and into the hangar, joined by Steve, Chris, Sean and Bill.

Our guests today were Tom Jensen and Ryan Lindsay. Tom is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Viet Nam era, and a classmate of Ed Shadle, back in the day...way back. He has also done some machining on our car’s mid-wheel assembly.

Today's main to do list was to rig the gantry, extract that big old jet engine back out of the fuselage, lower it back onto the engine cart, and get to work on the fuel supply problem. The gantry was designed and fabricated by McVay’s Mobile Welding.  All hands joined in to do that.  Crew Chief Bill Eckberg, and jet engine mechanic Sean Rondestvedt disconnected fuel lines after the remaining fuel from last week's test, provided by Small & Sons Oil Distributing, was drained from the system by John Drury, Ed and Von.

After the engine was removed, Bill and Sean spent the next few hours tracing and adjusting fuel delivery components while the engine is on the cart. This is a time consuming and exacting process....matching a newly installed afterburner section and igniter system with an old engine. It will be done...it will be retested...and it will run.

Steve, Von and Chris did some preliminary work on restoring what is an old, but classic and solidly built, drill press on loan from Steve Green at Eagle Machine Inc. in Abbotsford, B.C.

Meanwhile....spring is still trying to turn into summer.  It rained again......but that's what makes Washington green.  Good thing we were inside today.

On the Newsstands

If you own a Falcon Business Jet, then you have seen the North American Eagle in the latest issue of Falconer Magazine, Issue 36 / 2010. If you're not lucky enough to own a multi-million dollar business jet, the you can read The Quest To Be The Fastest Car On Earth written by Grant Kielczewski, Managing Editor on line. It features extraordinary photos of our July 2009 test session at The Black Rock Desert, and tells the story of tenacity and resourcefulness as our team challenges the 763 mph world land speed record.

Intel

Intel Solid State Drive Videos

If  you haven't seen them yet now would be a good time to watch the videos we did with Intel promoting their indestructible Solid State Drives.

F-104 decals

For All you F-104 Scale Model Builders

Tony Landis from NASA Dryden sent us this information. Rocketeer Decal, a manufacturer of scale model decals now offer a decal sheet that includes turning your 1/72 F-104 model with the livery of 56-0763. Cool huh?

We know a lot of our fans are on facebook.  Now the North American Eagle™ is on facebook!   In fact many of our team members are also!  Tell your friends! It's fun!

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