Valerie Thompson, Two-Time Land Speed Record Holder Driver of the North American Eagle™
As of the May 5th 2012 engine test we have not received any further updates, but wanted to include a picture of the event.
It was a bright sunny day in Shelton Washington as team members, friends, sponsors and visitors came out to Sanderson Air Field to witness the engine test of the North American Eagle™. It was also graduation day for Valerie Thompson as she climbed into the 56 foot long vehicle and got some on the job training; starting the car, going into afterburner and then learning how to properly shut the engine down. Photo Courtesy of http://landspeed.com/project-updates/91-may-5-2012
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The North American Eagle™ (NAE) team, based in Spanaway, Washington, recently joined forces with 2-time motorcycle land-speed record holder and Tacoma native Valerie Thompson. Thompson is prepared to pilot the North American Eagle™ and pursue another prestigious record to become the “World’s Fastest Female” by eclipsing Kitty O’Neil’s 1976 record of 512 mph.
Thompson is a Team Owner/Professional Land Speed Motorcycle driver who has competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and National Hot Rod Association drag racing series.
The NAE is a 50,000 horsepower converted F-104 Lockheed Starfighter jet, once flown by the famous test pilots of the 50′s & 60′s. The team’s primary goal is to return the land speed record title to North America by exceeding the 763 mph. top speed set by a U.K. team in 1997.
North American Eagle™ website: http://www.landspeed.com/
North American Eagle NEW Video: http://youtu.be/AgpV7zbvLxg
Valerie Thompson Background:
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROJECT AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Ed Shadle 253-228-0380 (Shadleed@q.com)
Keith Zanghi 253- 320-6618 (firstname.lastname@example.org)