Crew Chief: Ed Nelson
BD-5J Bede Specifications
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Manufacturer:||Bede Aircraft Corp (Homebuilt)|
|B/N or Serial Number:||4174|
|Powerplant:||Microturbo TRS-18 Turbojet engine, 325 lbs thrust|
|Performance:||Max speed 300 mph, Range 300+miles, Service Ceiling 23,000 feet, Rate of Climb 4,000 ft/min|
|Weights:||Empty weight 358 lb, loaded 700-1100 lbs|
|Dimensions:||Length 12’, Wingspan 17’, Height 5’ 2”|
BD-5J Bede HistoryThe BD-5J is the jet version of the original BD-5 propeller aircraft. It holds the record as the smallest jet aircraft. The aircraft featured a Microturbo jet engine. This aircraft type was featured in the James Bond movie “Octopussy”.
This aircraft was sold as a kit for an owner to build and fly. There were over 5,000 Bede kits sold for all models, but currently there are only about 150 BD-5s in airworthy condition.
The Pacific Coast Air Museum received this aircraft partially built. Our crew finished building the aircraft and it is on display at the museum without an engine.