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Monday, February 28, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

It was cold today. The heater was cranked up early on, and Team NAE™ went to work; including Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Rich Pengelley, Larry Martinson, Keith Zanghi, Bill Eckberg, Jon Higley, Steve Wallace, Chris Greene and John Winchester.

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Today the hangar got some periodic rearranging and housekeeping attention.  If you don't stay ahead of it you'll soon find that you're far behind.  An early task saw the rear struts maneuvered into place and attached to the fuselage.  Once done, the rear axle and wheel assembly was eased into place and secured to the struts. Many on again, off again assembly steps are necessary as needed maintenance is performed on the 56 foot long, 7+ ton jet car.

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After cleaning up the cockpit area today, Rich and Larry spent some time top side and inside working with Ed and Keith as they were doing some riveting work underneath.  An attachment plate was riveted to the fuselage forward of the front wheel. Design work is underway on a fairing that will divert air flow around the wheel.  One more step closer to meeting the many challenges of setting a new world land speed record.

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Crew Chief Bill Eckberg was busy today working on a design for an enclosed forward looking camera mount that will be located on the rear starboard fuselage.

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Two very special guests arrived at the hangar today.  Retired Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger and charming wife, Sherry, made a special effort to come by and talk to Team NAE™ members.  Col. Joe is on a speaking tour and is also promoting his book, "Come Up and Get me."  This highly decorated test and fighter pilot is a legend in the development of space age testing and achievements, and has been inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame.  How about stepping out of a balloon gondola over 20 miles high in a pressurized suit and free falling for more than 4 l/2 minutes, cracking the sound barrier on the way down. Or making the first solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Just two of many fascinating stories about his life. You must read the book. (See below.)

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Our newest team member, young Chris Greene, was thrilled to meet Col. Joe and have his copy autographed.

Colonel Joe Kittinger, USAF (Ret) Keynote Speaker at Puyallup Fairgrounds

On Sunday, Col. Joe Kittinger will be the keynote speaker at the Washington Aviation Association conference.

Col. Joe is a technical consultant and trusted advisor on the Eagle. His expertise in experimental flight test and years of involvement in high risk endeavors, is a great sounding board when we need some bottom line advice.

Col. Joe is most famous for his participation in Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior, holding the records for having the highest, fastest and longest skydive and as being the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon. Serving as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he was shot down and spent 11 months in a North Vietnamese prison.

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gondolaCol. Joe has received numerous awards including receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross twice and being awarded the Harmon Trophy by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1997 Col Joe was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He has twice been the recipient of the FAI Montgolfier Diplome - 1983 & 1984: The highest award given to a balloonist each year. His resume and achievements are so long we invite you to click this link! And if that wasn't enough, his hometown of Orlando FL has a park dedicated to his achievements! He volunteers a lot of time to the Boy Scouts or Civil Air Patrol Cadets. If you would like to read more about Col Joe, you can read his latest book Come Up and Get Me. WE invite you to put February 26th on your calendar and come and listen to a true American Hero: Col Joe Kittinger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed, Keith and Steve Wallace will be traveling to Col Joe Kittinger's hometown of Orlando, FL in early April, to give a presentation at COE 2011 Annual PLM Conference and TechniFair. The three will be keynote speakers.

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