Designation: BD-5J

Bede BD-5J

Bede Aircraft Company BD-5J “Microjet”

Bede Aircraft Company BD-5J

The Bede BD-5 was developed as a single-seat pusher-prop homebuilt aircraft in the early 1970s. The BD-5 proved to be a challenge both to build and to fly. While many kits were sold, they often proved to be beyond the abilities of most homebuilders to complete and, even when finished, the tiny aircraft require a very competent pilot to fly them safely. In 1973, Bede Aircraft introduced a jet-powered version the BD-5J.  This aircraft still holds the record as the world’s smallest jet aircraft and is a popular air show performer. The BD-5J was made famous by its appearance in the James Bond film “Octopussy.”

Wingspan 17 ft

Wingspan

Length 12 ft 9 in.

Length

Height 5 ft 7 in.

Height

Weight 860 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 320 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 26,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 280 miles

Range

Engines One Micro-turbo TRS-18 jet with 200 pounds of thrust

Engine

Crew 1

Crew


Manufacturer
Bede Aircraft Company

Markings
From the James Bond film “Octopussy,” 1983

Designation
BD-5J

Registration
N505MR

Serial Number
2418

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