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.
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.
recently began using the Power MIG 255.
But the equipment is not the only thing that has impressed Bohannon
"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?
has two goals in mind.