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For Sale: Bruce Bohannon's Flyin' Tiger

Bruce Bohannon

August 5, 2010 — Bruce Bohannon announced recently that his record-setting Flyin’ Tiger airplane is for sale. Bohannon set 30 world altitude and time-to-climb records. Among the records held are all but one of the time-to-climb, unlimited piston altitude records (unlimited displacement, induction, engine size, number of engines, etc.), as well as unlimited piston-power altitude records. “I’d like it to go to someone who appreciates what the Flyin’ Tiger is and what it’s done; someone who wants to experience this historic (and really high-performance) machine, and then donate it to a worthy museum,” Bohannon said. “It’s in Texas, ready to fly.”

Bohannon claims The Flyin’ Tiger saw “more fun, more history, and more officially sanctioned performance records than any aircraft that’s ever been available to the public.” Asking price: about that of a new complex piston single or basic twin.
Bohannon flew the airplane officially to 47,067 feet, and 47,530 unofficially. The altitude was verified, but not high enough to break his old record by a sufficient amount to go into the official record books. He is the only pilot to win three Blériot Prizes in consecutive years – all in The Flyin’ Tiger.
Interested parties should send Bohannon an e-mail at flyalegend@gmail.com.

The Tiger’s Standing World Records
Class C.1b (Piston engine aircraft weighing 1,102—2,205 lbs)

Altitude - 47,067 feet (11-15-03, Angleton, TX)
Altitude in Horizontal Flight - 46,919 feet (11-15-03, Angleton, TX)
TTC (Time to Climb) 3,000 meters - 2 minutes, 20 seconds (7-31-99, Oshkosh, WI)
TTC 6,000 meters - 6 minutes, 16 seconds (4-17-04, Lakeland, FL)
TTC 9,000 meters - 9 minutes, 43 seconds (4-17-04, Lakeland, FL)
TTC to 12,000 meters - 20 minutes, 24 seconds (11-13-04, Angleton, TX)

Class C.1 Unlimited (Piston engine aircraft of any weight)

Altitude in Horizontal Flight - 46,919 feet (11-15-03, Angleton, TX)
TTC 6,000 meters - 6 minutes, 16 seconds (4-17-04, Lakeland, FL)
TTC 9,000 meters -9 minutes, 43 seconds (4-17-04, Lakeland, FL)
TTC to 12,000 meters - 20 minutes, 24 seconds (11-13-04, Angleton, TX)

 
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