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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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March 20, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Team NAE™ ushered in the first day of spring, and a beautiful day it was, with a sizeable group of members assembling at the Spanaway hangar. Jon Higley, Steve Wallace, Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Bill Eckberg, Dave Selby, John Zambrano, Omar Chramosta, John Drury, Russ Garlow, Larry Martinson, Rob Martinson, Keith Zanghi, Sam Yellowbird, Chris Greene, and Cameron Shadle punched in for a full day of work on the North American Eagle™.

A number of tasks needed to be completed before the day's main event; the re-installation of the General Electric LM-1500 Turbojet engine. The engine has been refitted with a newly enhanced afterburner section supplied by S&S Turbine Services, Ltd Ft. St. John, BC.

Steve, Rob, and Von completed the routing of new HD wiring provided by Ecliptic Enterprises that will power up the onboard camera system.  We are looking forward to some fine picture taking from a number of camera positions during future runs.

Keith and Russ worked in the empty aft engine area, riveting nut plates and planning for the attachment points for the fairings that will cover the rear wheel assemblies.

Our last test run at Black Rock Desert took its  toll on  the Eagle.  A rough ride over the playa resulted in damage to the midwheel compartment door.  Cam Shadle spent the day finishing up that problem with some fine metal work. And, as always, that Black Rock lakebed powdery dust found its way into every nook and cranny.  An inspection of the front wheel spindle assembly revealed some rust and corrosion.  Jon Higley, Russ, and Chris used some elbow grease and a power brush to get the spindles back in good shape and reassembled to the wheel.

Crew Chief Bill Eckberg directed the engine replacement, with the transition from engine cart to gantry hoist to engine trolley track progressing smoothly.  With the main engine crew of Dave Selby, John Zambrano and Russ Garlow, and other team members that helped when directed and stayed out of the way when advised, the huge engine was inched into place and locked down.

Our loyal sponsor and team member, Steve Green, owner of Eagle Machine, Inc. in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, stopped by.  He brought a well used, commercial grade drill press for our further use.

Guests at the hangar today included:

A brother and sister team of Dominic and Faith were joined by Mom, Kim, to take a tour with Russ Garlow. Russ is a Big Brother to Dominic.

John Drury flew his plane over from Spanaway Airport to Shady Acres and taxied up to the hangar with Lee Bell aboard.

Dustin Martinson and his friend David Houser spent the day and put in some time sorting through our huge collection of nuts, bolts, washers and whatnots.

Our present plans are to load  the jet car into the semi trailer before next weekend when we will test fire the newly installed afterburner.  Lots of noise, the smell of kerosene, and that special F-104 engine sound is once again to be in our future.

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.

Cover of latest publication
Topcon

And last month Team North American Eagle made the front cover and great story written by Don Talend. The January 2010 issue of GPS World Magazine describes how we have integrated the Topcon GPS unit into the vehicle.

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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