Bede Aircraft Company BD-5J "Microjet"

Bede Aircraft Company BD-5J "Microjet", a single-seat home-built aircraft made famous by its appearance in the James Bond film "Octopussy".

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

Length

12 ft 9 in.

Height

5 ft 7 in.

Weight

860 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

320 MPH

Service Ceiling

26,000 ft

Range

280 miles

Engine

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

Crew

1

Manufacturer
Bede Aircraft Company

Markings
From the James Bond film “Octopussy,” 1983

Designation
BD-5J

Registration
N505MR

Serial Number
2418

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