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    The Bede BD-4 is an American light aircraft, designed by Jim Bede for homebuilding and available since 1968. It was the first homebuilt aircraft to be offered in kit form.

    General Information

    It remains one of the world's most popular homebuilts with thousands of plans sold and hundreds of examples completed to date.

     

    Jim Bede designed the BD-4 to be the first real "kitplane" in the world. The design was based on a high-wing cantilever monoplane of conventional design, able to be fitted either with a tailwheel or a tricycle undercarriage. When building the plane, it was also possible to choose between a two-seat or four-seat version.

     

    For details of the design and variants, click here. More extensive specifications here.

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    Specifications

    Seats:
    Crew: one Capacity: one to three passengers
    Length:
    21.4 ft (6.5 m)
    Wingspan:
    25.6 ft (7.8 m)
    Height:
    7.23 ft
    Wing Area:
    110 sq ft (10 sq m)
    Empty Weight:
    1,250 lb (567 kg)
    MTOW:
    Gross weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
    Fuel Capacity:
    52 U.S. gallons (200 L; 43 imp gal)
    Powerplant:
    1 × Lycoming IO-360 four cylinder horizontally opposed piston aircraft engine, 200 hp (150 kW)
    Vne:
    Maximum speed: 206 mph.
    Cruise Speed:
    198 mph (319 km/h, 172 kn)
    Stall Speed:
    61 mph (98 km/h, 53 kn)
    Range:
    900 mi (1,400 km, 780 nmi)
    Takeoff Dist.:
    650 ft, to 50’ Obstacle: 1100 ft
    Landing Dist.:
    600 ft,
    Rate of Climb:
    1,700 ft/min (8.6 m/s)
    Service Ceiling:
    23,000 ft

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