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September 11, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This anniversary date, 9/11/01, weighed heavily on the minds of Team NAE™ today and never will be forgotten for the horrific events that changed our nation forever. The old WWII slogan, "Remember Pearl Harbor" has been given an enduring companion.


A cool and cloudy morning here in the Pacific Northwest gave way to a beautiful day of sunshine as a big turnout of members met for another Saturday of work:

Ed Shadle, Jon Higley, Von Armstrong, Keith Zanghi, Chris Greene and fellow interns, Austin Martinson and Rhiley Sparks, Bernard McVay, Rich Pengelley, Larry Martinson, Rob Martinson, Cam, Rachael, and Alex Shadle, Bill Eckberg, John Winchester, Russell Garlow, Omar Chramosta, Shauna and Tom Pengelley, Darren Grove, Ron Doll, Steve Wallace, Chris Hughes, Corey Dawson and family.  Apologies to any of the throng that was left out.

Today began with a special group of visitors led by team member Jon Higley.  The Daley, Buffelen, and Palandrani families were the winning bidders at a fund raising event for the Enterprise Elementary School in the Federal Way District.  The winning bid at the school's acution was a guided tour of our Spanaway hangar, an informative walk-around of the North American Eagle™ led by Jon Higley, and a short history of our quest for the world land speed record by Co-Owner and driver, Ed Shadle.  We love to have visitors here in the hangar or to reach out to classrooms throughout the area, demonstrating the many technologies and applications that are used on our big red North American Eagle™.

Team member/sponsor and master welder Bernard McVay of McVay's Mobile Welding put his torches to use and finished fabricating a new mobilizer for rear axle assembly. This will provide transport for the aluminum wheels over paved areas. Thanks again to the folks at Central Welding Supply and whose machines and welding consumables make it possible.

Rich Pengelley directed the efforts of our young interns, Chris, Austin and Rhiley as they disassembled the tire mounted, split rim wheels used on the new mobilizer.  These were cleaned up, inspected and had the wheel bearings repacked.

Work continued on the modification and enclosing of the mid wheel compartment bay while Bill Eckberg and Steve Wallace focused on improvements to the electrical systems which operate the rear wheel brakes and provide data acquisition.

Darren Grove and Ron Doll met with Ed and Keith concerning the progress of analyzing the aerodynamic effects of high speed air flow over the rear wheels structure and parachute canisters.  The ultimate objective being the most efficient way of constructing the enclosure fairings over these exposed structures.  The results of previous digital scans of the entire fuselage are being reviewed and awaiting computational analysis through the use of high speed computers provided by Lenovo.

In upcoming week Jon Higley and Ed Shadle will be presenting at the Parkland-Spanaway Rotary inParkland. The team has given hundreds of presentations all across America, Canada and Europe.

The Bookstand


Now available for sale is Colonel Joe Kittinger's new book Come Up and Get Me: An Autobiography of Colonel Joseph Kittinger is can be purchased on A longtime friend of the North American Eagle, we consider Col Joe a consultant, who advises us on technical matters regularly.

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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