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« Reply #60 on: September 01, 2015, 05:44:09 PM »

What now, untimed runs?  Got guestimates?
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« Reply #61 on: September 25, 2015, 11:24:11 AM »

they have been out on lake Alvord this week, hoping some news leaks out, or is
presented by the PR team...
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« Reply #62 on: September 25, 2015, 03:52:16 PM »

If you are on Facebook or know someone who is,
Jessi Combs has posted a few updates and a
couple of pictures.  Looks like all is going well.
I wonder once again about the cloak of secrecy.
Jessi can post and communicate but the NAE team
either cannot or will not.  What's to hide?
Good luck Go Fast!
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« Reply #63 on: September 26, 2015, 05:44:56 AM »

Just checked the NAE Facebook page:

"The North American Eagle team ran into some technical difficulties, and unfortunately is heading back early.  We will share more details in the coming days".

BUMMER
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« Reply #64 on: September 26, 2015, 09:06:51 AM »

Major bummer, indeed.  I had given serious thought to going to Alvord to stream some audio for this website - but decided not to since there'd be so much "dead time" between stuff worth sending down the stream.  In retrospect -- geez, I'm glad I guessed that I should stay home.  Too bad for Pork Pie, though -- I know he was going out there.  Maybe he's in Wilmington today/tomorrow and will get to see some racing, at least.

Best wishes anyway to the N A E team.  Nobody can go fast without at least trying. . . and the team has certainly done that.
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« Reply #65 on: September 26, 2015, 09:54:44 AM »

PP not going to Alvord or Wilmington...

Definite bummer for NAE

sounds like the course conditions were fantastic

I know the team had high hopes, driver Jessie Combs posted pics
and reports on FB:

""Civilization.... ‪#‎adios‬! Off to make some world records and history and stuff."" ‪
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« Reply #66 on: September 28, 2015, 01:14:57 AM »

This is just a preliminary post about the week of test runs at Alvord. We unloaded and set up on Monday/Tuesday with first runs scheduled for Wednesday. The weather was beautiful and the track was really good with 8 miles of nice dirt. On Wednesday we made three runs but the first two showed a gremlin we had not seen since 2012. If you remember, we made several straight and true runs in 2013 with one run at 515. Jessi set a new record that year of 406.6001 and we were really hyped about running the next year. Just like Bonneville, the track conditions in 2014 were so bad we couldn't run so we had to wait another year. This year we were fully expecting some records to be picked off but it wasn't meant to be. The hydraulic system and most probably the hydraulic pump, periodically would not produce enough pressure to to even actuate our lifting mechanism, let alone run the steering cylinders. We worked feverishly to solve the problem and Wednesday afternoon I ordered a new steering valve and had it UPSed overnight to Burns where two of our guys drove the 260 mile round trip to get it back so we could replace it. At the time we didn't think our pump was the problem so we were concentrating on the valve. After spending all that effort the valve was the wrong one so we were unable to use it. We reassembled everything in a howling wind/dirt storm and by late on Thursday we pulled to the mile 0 to make another attempt at a run. All day the wind was blowing but it settled for a little bit. I had made three runs previously with the best one at about 300 MPH so this time we put Jessi in the cockpit so she could get some seat time. She blasted off the line like she was going for the record right then! Unfortunately, the same failure occured and she had to abort the run. By then it was late Thursday so we decided it was time to shut down for the evening. On Friday we worked on the problem all day but had no solution plus doing a major teardown in the field was out of the question. I made the difficult decision to call the event. We spent Friday evening and Saturday morning packing and we all headed home. Other than the steering issue, everything worked exceedingly well. On Monday morning I'll be on the phone with Eaton Engineering to talk about the valve and pump problems and get this fixed once and for all. I'm working a reschedue of the speed runs as soon as possible so we can get the job done and set our date to run for the absolute record. Many of you have been down this road so you know how my team and I feel about it. Yes, we're frustrated and disappointed but not disallusioned. We'll be back soon!
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« Reply #67 on: September 28, 2015, 01:23:31 AM »

Thanks for the update, Ed. Sorry for your problems. At least it wasn't anything serious.

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« Reply #68 on: September 30, 2015, 05:29:52 PM »

Thanks for the update Ed.

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« Reply #69 on: October 14, 2015, 04:26:53 PM »

Godzilla El Nino will flood Diamond Valley till June 2016.
Thank you for the drought relief, California needs it.
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« Reply #70 on: October 20, 2015, 10:52:23 PM »

We can use rain, of course.  I hope we get a decent amount of it.

That said, I take all weather forecasts with a grain of salt . . .
and I take any weather forecasts that go 7 months (or so) into the
future with MORE than a grain of salt.

I'm rooting for the NAE team, and helping them.

I'm not just sitting at my computer, trying to stir up arguments.

Next spring, I expect to be watching the NAE go faster than ever.

This team could sure use some financial contributions.  I have made
a few of these, and plan to make some more.

That is all (for now).

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« Reply #71 on: January 11, 2016, 12:13:08 AM »

I was curious about the acceleration capability of the Lockheed F-104
aircraft, from which the North American Eagle is built. 

Today I found this article, which quite impressed me. 

http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/pearl-harbor-blog/lockheed-f-104-starfighter

Good luck, NAE team!
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« Reply #72 on: January 11, 2016, 01:47:22 PM »

Really good article.
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« Reply #73 on: March 24, 2016, 02:47:48 PM »

Check out chapter 1 or our 6 part series about the North American Eagle. www.fromspeedtosound.com.
We'll release one chapter per week over the next six weeks.
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« Reply #74 on: March 24, 2016, 04:43:38 PM »

When you open speedtosound, you have to click on "the story" then when the first chapter begins, you have to click on the photo. For some reason, our IT guy
chose to do it that way. I guess that's the way they do that!
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