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NAE™ Project: Update

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May 1, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Another Saturday, another work party gathering at the hangar to ready the North American Eagle™ for further engine testing. Team members present today:  the bosses Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi; Bill Eckberg, Steve Wallace, Von Armstrong, Sam Yellowbird, John Winchester, Chris Greene and Austin Waage. Team member Eric Helpenstell arrived with his beautiful daughter, Katarina, who watched dad work and had their picture taken together.

Ed introduced the team to visitors Lisa Duval and her two sons, Vance and Mason Flippin. Their interest in science and engineering was furthered as Ed gave them a tour of the hangar and briefed them on the various operating systems aboard our world land speed record challenger.

Our two hardworking interns, Chris and Austin, got involved with some sheet metal repair work on a damaged trailer door.  Keith, Von and Sam worked with them to disassemble the door frame, straighten some bent rails and replace a section with a new patch and then reinstall the door on the trailer.

Steve spent some time under the fuselage, drilling and tapping a new mounting bracket for a front wheel steering sensor.

Bill has been working on the fuel distribution system and was successful in locating the source of a troublesome fuel dripping part. Working together, Bill, Steve and Keith were able to gain access to the leaker, remove it, replace a worn O-ring and get the line tightened back in place. It first appeared that the line was inaccessible and would mean an extensive repair effort.  The maze of lines and limited spaces required many long and frustrating attempts to get a tool on the part. But by quitting time the line was back in place, pressure tested, and everyone was in a happy mood mode.  No pain at the end of a good work day.

Coming up....the interior of the tail cone section will get a new LizardSkin® spray coating of a ceramic based heat insulating product. The Eagle is a rolling laboratory and we will be testing the LizardSkin® Ceramic Insulation to shield the outside paint finish from the high temperatures generated when the engine is running.

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 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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