DescriptionThe Bede BD-5 Micro is a series of small, single-seat homebuilt aircraft.
Created in the late 1960s by US aircraft designer Jim Bede and introduced to the market primarily in kit form by the now-defunct Bede Aircraft Corporation in the early 1970s.
The BD-5 has a small, streamlined fuselage holding its semi-reclined pilot under a large canopy, with the engine installed in a compartment in the middle of the fuselage, and a propeller-driving engine - or jet engine in the BD-5J variant - mounted immediately to the rear of the cockpit. The combination of fighter-like looks and relatively low cost led to the BD-5 selling over 5,000 kits or plans, with approximately 12,000 orders being taken for a proposed factory-built, FAA-certified version. However, few of the kit versions were actually completed due to the company's bankruptcy in the mid-1970s, and none of the factory built "D" models were produced, as a result of the failure to find a reliable engine for the design.
In total, only a few hundred BD-5 kits were completed, although many of these are still airworthy today. The BD-5J version holds the record for the world's smallest jet aircraft, weighing only 358.8 lb (162.7 kg).
For more details on the development of the BD-5 and its 10 variants, click here.
Specifications below are for the piston engined BD-5B with extended wings.
BD-5 Propeller driven
BD-5J Jet powered.
- Crew: One
- 13 ft 7 in (4.13 m)
- 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
- 4 ft 2 in (1.28 m)
- Wing Area:
- 47.4 sq ft (4.40 sq m)
- Empty Weight:
- 355 lb (161 kg)
- 659 lb (299 kg)
- 1 × Hirth two-cylinder two-stroke, 70 hp (52 kW)
- Maximum speed: 232 mph (373 km/h, 201 kn) at sea level
- Cruise Speed:
- 229 mph (369 km/h, 199 kn) at 2,285 m (7,497 ft)
- Stall Speed:
- 55 mph (89 km/h, 48 kn) flaps down
- 935 mi (1,504 km, 812 nmi) optimum, with 30 min reserve
- Takeoff Dist.:
- to 50 ft (15 m): 226 m (741 ft)
- Landing Dist.:
- from 50 ft (15 m): 253 m (830 ft)
- Rate of Climb:
- 1,919 ft/min (9.75 m/s) at sea level