BD-5J Bede History

The 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 it and it is on display at the museum without an engine.

Bede-5J Specifications

Dimensions
Length

12 feet

Wingspan

17 feet

Height

5 feet, two inches

Weight empty

358 lb

Weight loaded

700-1100 lbs

Accommodation

One (pilot)

Powerplant and fuel system

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

Crew Chief

Caitlyn Jurin

Country of origin

USA

Manufacturer

Bede

b/n or serial number

4174

type

Single-seat civil sport aircraft

ownership

Pacific Coast Air Museum

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