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