Bede BD-5

Sport Aircraft

Bede BD-5J Acrostar, Museum of Flying Santa Monica, James Bond 007 Octopussy (19 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Bede BD-5 is a series of single-engine single-seat homebuilt sports aircraft designed by American Jim Bede. The kit was produced by Bede Aircraft Corporation.
The variant BD-5J is powered by a small Microturbo TRS 18 turbojet engine with 1.45 kN (326 lbs) thrust which makes it the world?s smallest jet aircraft. It can fly approx. 260 kts (483 km/h - 300 mph). The propeller driven variants can be powered by several different engine types. The BD-5 was offered with different wing spans. There was also a turboprop powered variant (BD-5TP) available.
Propulsion1 Piston Engine
Engine ModelHirth 2706
Engine Power48 kW65 hp
Speed322 km/h174 kts
  200 mph
Service Ceiling7.925 m26.000 ft
Rate of climb579 m/min1900 ft/min
Range1.333 km720 NM
829 mi.
Empty Weight209 kg461 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight377 kg831 lbs
Wing Span6,55 m21 ft 6 in
Wing Area4,4 m47 ft
Length4,26 m13 ft 12 in
Height1,70 m5 ft 7 in
First Flight12.09.1971
Production Statusout of production
Total Production5100 Kits (ca. < 200
Data for (Version)Bede BD-5B

[Photo-ID: 12275] Karsten Palt 2016-04-10
Bede BD-5, , N500BD, c/n 1, Karsten Palt, 2016Bede
Reg.: N500BD
c/n: 1
Prototype BD-5
EAA AirVenture Museum [Oshkosh, WI]
[Photo-ID: 11355] Karsten Palt 2015-05-31
Bede BD-5B, , , c/n , Karsten Palt, 2015Bede
Western Museum of Flight [Torrance, CA]
[Photo-ID: 10211] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Bede BD-5B, , N234BD, c/n 2731001, Karsten Palt, 2014Bede
Reg.: N234BD
c/n: 2731001
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 5848] Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Bede BD-5J Acrostar, , , c/n , Karsten Palt, 2012Bede
BD-5J Acrostar
James Bond 007 Octopussy (1983)
Museum of Flying [Santa Monica, CA]
[Photo-ID: 10878] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Bede BD-5J Acrostar, , N505MR, c/n 2418, Karsten Palt, 2015Bede
BD-5J Acrostar
Reg.: N505MR
c/n: 2418
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 13273] Karsten Palt 2016-10-11
Bede BD-5VEE, , N64DS, c/n 1154, Karsten Palt, 2016Bede
Reg.: N64DS
c/n: 1154
2000cc Volkswagen powered
Planes of Fame Air Museum Valle [Valle, AZ]