Bruce Bohannon

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One-Time President - International Formula One

Owner - Exxon Flyin' Tiger

Pilot - Exxon Flyin' Tiger

Owner - Flyin' Tiger Field

Pilot - Race 89


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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.

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Exxon Flyin Tiger's 25 World Records | Lincoln Electric

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.

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Virginia Regional Festival Of Flight

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

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