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  • A small, homebuilt aircraft, designed by Jim Bede, was introduced to the market in the latter 1960s. It was called the BD-5 and it sold as a kit with an engine installed in mid-fuselage, piston or jet, with a streamlined body.  Over 5,000 kits were sold due to is affordability, though only a few hundred were ever fully built.
  • Early in the 1970s, the Bede Aircraft Corporation filed for bankruptcy and production ceased. Many of the completed kits are still flying today.



Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Bede Aircraft Corporation
Year: 1986
Model: BD-5
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Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight:  659 lb.
Span: 21 ft. 6 in.
Length: 13 ft. 7 in.
Height: 4 ft. 2 in.
Maximum Speed: 232 mph
Cruise Speed: 229 mph
Rate of Climb: 1,919 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 x 70hp Hirth, 2 cylinder, 2-stroke piston engine
Range: 935 miles
Service Ceiling: 26,000 ft.
Armament: none


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