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.”
Bede Aircraft Company
From the James Bond film “Octopussy,” 1983
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