Bede BD-5J Micro-Jet

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Bede
Markings
From the James Bond film Octopussy, 1983
Designation
BD-5J
Registration
N505MR

Bede BD-5J Micro-Jet

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.

Specifications
Wingspan 17 ft
Length 12 ft 9 in
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 860 lbs
Max. Speed 320 mph
Service Ceiling 26,000 ft
Range 280 miles
Engines 1 Micro-turbo TRS-18 jet with 200 pounds of thrust
Crew 1

Bede BD-4

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Bede
Markings
Wright/Hartman, 1999
Designation
BD-4
Registration
N42EE
Serial Number
382

Bede BD-4

The BD-4 is one of the first true kitplane homebuilt aircraft. This means that the buyer did not just receive a set of plans but an entire kit with all the parts needed to build the plane. The first kits were sold in 1968 and the aircraft remains popular today even though the kits are no longer available. The BD-4 enjoys one of the best safety records of all homebuilt aircraft and this combined with the ease of construction and a long list of optional equipment explains the aircraft’s continued popularity nearly 40 years after its introduction.

Specifications
Wingspan 25 ft 6 in.
Length 21 ft 4 in.
Height 7 ft 3 in.
Weight 2,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 183 mph
Service Ceiling 23,000 ft.
Range 900 miles
Engines 1 Lycoming O-360-A1F6 180 hp
Crew 1 pilot, 3 passengers