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BD-5J Bede

A group of schoolchildren wash a small Bede-5J jet aircraft as adults look on.
The Bede-5J is small. Really small. It is the world's smallest turbojet equipped aircraft. It's popular with the kids because it's just about their size.
  • Country of origin:

    USA

  • Manufacturer:

    Bede

  • B/N or Serial #::

    4174

  • Type:

    Single-seat civil sport aircraft

  • Ownership:

    Pacific Coast Air Museum

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

Length

12 feet

Wingspan

17 feet

Height

5 feet, two inches

Weight empty

358 lb

Weight loaded

700-1100 lbs

One (pilot)

Max speed

300 mph

Range

300+miles

Service Ceiling

23,000 feet

Rate of Climb

4,000 ft/min

Microturbo TRS-18 Turbojet engine, 325 lbs thrust

Caitlyn Jurin

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