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NAE™ Project: Update

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Friday, November 6, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

After taking a week off, it has been two week since the North American Eagle™ Team has been at our familiar hanger in Spanaway. Rich Pengelley, Chris Greene, John Drury, Jon Higley, John Winchester, Sean Rondestvedt, Russ Garlow, Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle gathered again to work on the world land speed record challenger.

Casey and Max, kids of Corey Dawson stop by to drop off the cans of popcorn they had sold to the team members to fund their cub scout pack.

Russell Garlow's Embry-Riddle classmate Mark, and his friend Michelle, stopped by to see the NAE™. Mark is a Navy Chief, P-3 Orion flight engineer.

This week work commenced on the same projects we were working on two weeks ago. Ed and John Winchester are finishing up work on our two parachute assemblies. Since our last test session at Black Rock we have completely modified the actuator and release mechanism. Along with a re-wiring of the entire parachute circuit, the system is now completely reliable.

Chris and Keith continued working on the mid-wheel steel liners. When finished the wheel wells will be completely isolated from the interior of the fuselage. The steel will offer a degree of safety too by offering a last shield of defense for debris flying off of the wheels. Thanks again to the folks at Central Welding Supply and Welder-Direct.com whose machines and welding consumables make it possible. This entire modification to the car has taken longer than expected, but would have taken much longer without our sponsor support.

Rich and Sean continued work on the underbelly mid-wheel doors. The installation of a removable body section is being made possible by the installation of nut plates. Both were in the USAF and are right at home with the duties.

Jon and Russ removed the rear axle and strut assembly. We had installed them a few weeks earlier to verify some measurements of the vehicle in relation to the ground plane for our CFD analysis. They also finished up work on our McVay Mobilizer and installed the wheels and tires.

Our virtual team members have been busy also. Here are some graphics created by Darren Grove using Pointwise Software. Pointwise is a CFD Meshing tool for the flow solver software.

It has been a busy week. Keith and Ed just came off of a successful week working with the folks from Geomagic, their partners and customers in Detroit and Dallas. Work hard and play hard would be the motto for the week as new networking relationships were made with many of the participants. Special thanks to Gina Strickland, Troy Ashby and Ping Fu for all their help.

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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