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