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This profile was last updated on 1/10/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • One-Time President
    International Formula One
  • Owner
    Exxon Flyin' Tiger
  • Pilot
    Exxon Flyin' Tiger
  • Tiger Pilot
    Exxon Flyin' Tiger
  • Owner
    Flyin' Tiger Field
  • Pilot
    Race 89
  • Pilot
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Passages -- Jim Miller, 10 Jan 2004 [cached]
Built and raced by record-setting pilot Bruce Bohannon, a one-time President of International Formula One, the two pushers were so evenly matched -- plane and pilot -- that it was not unusual to see the diamond duo compete in side-by-side battles over the closed-circuit courses on which they raced.Bohannon utilized his JM-3 to break all time-to-climb records to altitudes of 9000 meters, all of which still stand to this day.
Exxon Flyin Tiger's 25 World Records | Lincoln Electric, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Reaching an altitude of 20,000 feet in six minutes and 40 seconds after take off may not be for everyone, but for Bruce Bohannon, the pilot and owner of the Exxon Flyin' Tiger, it is just one in many record-breaking flights his aircraft has accomplished.
Bohannon performs these record-breaking flights in conjunction with Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) events such as the annual AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., and the Sun 'N Fun fly-in in Lakeland, Florida.
According to Bohannon, for working on an aircraft this special, he only wants the best equipment and that's why he turned to Lincoln Electric. "For a high performance plane, you don't want to be second guessing the weld quality, especially at high altitudes where temperatures can be 70 degrees below zero and the engine is being pushed to the limit," said Bohannon.
Previously, Bohannon and his crew chief Gary Hunter were using an oxyacetylene process to weld the mostly aluminum body of the Exxon Flyin' Tiger, but recently have made the switch to a TIG process and Lincoln's Invertec® V205-T AC/DC.
"TIG offers much higher quality, less corrosion and a strong weld," noted Bohannon. "When you are pushing a plane to its limits, quality can't be compromised."
For years now, Bohannon has used Lincoln equipment around his farm and air field for repairs and building farm implements. He recently began using the Power MIG 255.
But the equipment is not the only thing that has impressed Bohannon about Lincoln. "The company's service has been absolutely impeccable," said Bohannon. "Delivery has always been on time and I appreciated all the help provided by Lincoln's Scott Skrjanc in specifying machines that would work best for us."
What's next for the Exxon Flyin' Tiger? Bohannon has two goals in mind.
Virginia Regional Festival Of Flight, 1 Jan 2002 [cached]
Bruce Bohannon Bruce Bohannon, the pilot of the Exxon Flyin' Tiger, attended the 6th Annual Virginia State EAA Fly-in, September 7-8, 2002 at the Dinwiddie County Airport. His homebuilt plane has set many world class records, most recently the World Record for Absolute Altitude in Class C-1.b of 37,536 feet (pending certification by NAA and FAI ) and the World Record Altitude in Horizontal Flight in Class C-1.b of 35,497 feet, both at the Sun 'n Fun fly-in in April, 2002.
Known in aviation circles worldwide as "Mr. Time to Climb", Bohannon's name now goes into the "World & United States Aviation & Space Records" book a seventh time. Three of those records were set in his world famous Formula One racer "Pushy Galore", now on display in the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The Exxon Flyin' Tiger is a single engine, single seat Experimental aircraft designed and built by Bruce Bohannon to climb faster and higher than any other piston engine airplane. Since its introduction in 1999, The Tiger has set four World Records for climb and altitude, "And we haven't even scratched the surface of what this airplane can do", says Bruce.
While sponsored by big names like Exxon Elite Aviation Oil, engine overhaulers Teledyne Mattituck Aviation and ignition manufacturer Unison Industries, "Team Tiger" is strictly a homegrown operation. Some members of Bruce's all-volunteer crew have been with him for over 10 years . Quietly continuing research and development at his private airstrip, Bruce Bohannon promises even more incredible feats from his homebuilt dragster, The Exxon Flyin' Tiger.
Bruce Bohannon
Bruce Bohannon
The Southern Aviator, 26 April 2002 [cached]
Bohannon breaks unlimited altitude record (unofficially)
Unofficially, that's the padding Bruce Bohannon, the Exxon Flyin' Tiger pilot, put between his plane and the altitude he needed to set another record for his class.It happened April 10 in Lakeland, Florida
Bohannon needed 37,274 feet to break the previous record by three percent.Data is still being analyzed to make it official.The data includes videotape of the cockpit panel, with emphasis on the altimeter.Bohannon said the GPS he carried on board indicated he had reached 37,400 feet but it has a plus or minus variance of 300 feet.
Bohannon said there were some tense moments during the climb.He had to carefully monitor the cylinder head temperature and was concerned about running out of supplemental oxygen.
"At 36,000 feet it didn't want to go any higher," Bohannon said."I hit a wall of some sort, there were several bangs in a row - a compressor stall - and I felt it barking and biting up there."
Bohannon said he thought the mixture was too lean and a few adjustments eased the problem.
"I was on the gauges 95% of the time," he said.Bohannon took off at noon with the intent of reaching 37,000 feet.He had filed an instrument flight plan to a fix over the ocean, and on several occasions air traffic controllers had him hold so that other traffic could be accommodated.
Up next for Bohannon will be a time-to-climb to 12,000 meters, probably at AirVenture Oshkosh.There is no current record for his weight class, so he is looking to set a record that no one will beat.
The Southern Aviator - 877-519-1672
The Southern Aviator, 29 Aug 2003 [cached]
A suggestion from the Flyin' Tiger's Bruce Bohannon: "Support the Civil Air Patrol - Get lost."
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