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North American Eagle

Postby f4dj79 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:56 pm

The race team is headed to Black Rock Nevada in three weeks (July 5th-10th). We will be running speed tests up to 500mph, testing parachutes, and running the data gathering system looking at vibration, accelerometer and air data like pitot air pressure and static porting. The car has fifteen static ports designed to check areodynamic readings on different parts of the car, that our engineers deem important to development of the overall air flow around the car while under power. Look back at our website in August 2009 to see some of the results. WB
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Re: North American Eagle

Postby j79guy on Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:31 pm

Big Al will be there, likely about the time you fire up for first run(s) Hope all goes well, give'er hell.

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Re: North American Eagle

Postby f4dj79 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:33 pm

well we survived again.
The eagle made 350 knots, sent info packets over the internet /ethernet system, high speed chute worked, and the data gathering system onboard recorded and transmitted four full packets of data. We found out that it takes 1000ft/lbs of force to pull the eagle across the playa at black rock. We still have a few things to fix before our next test session.
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Re: North American Eagle

Postby j79guy on Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:09 pm

Bill,

Thanks for the update. Testing where/when next?

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Re: North American Eagle

Postby f4dj79 on Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:38 pm

Mr. Ed Shadle will have to figure that one out, we have to re-fit to high speed running gear. There maybe one more testing session this year with some surprise for the run. I will not talk about it to much right now but the eagle could be moving ahead sooner.
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Re: North American Eagle

Postby f4dj79 on Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:53 pm

Here are a couple of photos of the team getting A/B to light off.
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Re: North American Eagle

Postby j79guy on Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:55 pm

Smoke & thunder. Well, an unburnt fuel cloud anyways. You can see the exact same thing with a Kfir engine on my test cell, on youtube. Once we got the torch ignition sorted, the A/B light off every time. It took us a while to figure it out though, as the A/B would light off about every one out of three tries with the poor igniter.

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Re: North American Eagle

Postby f4dj79 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:57 am

Robin
I thought you might like the pictures, proof that you are spot on with the diagnosis. I think we can find a new ignition cable and ignitor somewhere and try that out on the next engine run.
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Re: North American Eagle

Postby f4dj79 on Mon May 07, 2012 7:27 am

Howdee
It has been a dry spell since I last posted here to NAE site. We did a Run session last Saturday to check the engine out after pulling for maintenance. We got ED and our new Woman driver Valerie Thompson into the cockpit for testing. We got four runs in with afterburner cycles. We found some fuel leaks,(the engine had been sitting for almost two years with out a run) found the throttle needs to reset, and lots of smiles from Valerie, she will be going after the offical womans record later this year using the Eagle. We rebuilt the rear susspension after finding out there was some aerodynamic stability issues. It is great having some Boeing engineers helping us out. That is one of the reasons for the engine out. The other was to check out the fuilds in the starter and main oil tank in preping for theis engien run. The press that follows Valerie around came out and photoed the run session and everyone was impressed. Our next rolling under power session will either June or October depending on which site opens up first. Check out our Facebook site for all the updates on our recent 5-5-12 engine test session and our new driver.
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Re: North American Eagle

Postby UtahTurbineMan on Sat May 12, 2012 8:10 am

If you ever happen to run at the Utah Salt Flats, i would be there for sure. :)
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