In 1991 at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 39th annual international convention and sport aviation exhibition in Oshkosh, WI, USA, Jim Bede of Bede Jet, presented his Home-built supersonic, lightweight, two-seat jet aircraft, built for his personal use.
Oshkosh, WI, USA
Experimental Aircraft Association’s 39th Annual International Convention and Sport Aviation Exhibition
- max speed of Mach 1.4
- altitudes up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters)
- Jim Bede – Wikipedia
James R. “Jim” Bede (April 17, 1933 – July 9, 2015) was an American aircraft designer. He designed well over a dozen aircraft since the 1960s, but a string of business failures have kept most of these designs out of widespread use.
- BD-5J – Wikipedia
While the new Hirth engine was being tested, Bede decided to create a variant of the BD-5 with a small jet engine. The result was the sleek BD-5J (also known as the “Acrostar Jet “), a 300 mph (260 kn; 480 km/h) aircraft.
- The First FLS Microjet Test Flights (BD-5J) – YouTube
The design was originally developed in the 1970’s by Jim Bede of Bede Aircraft, Inc.
- The Thrill of Flying the World’s Smallest Jet
Last summer while I watched Justin Lewis perform at an airshow in his polished silver BD-5J, that old feeling came back. I longed to strap into a BD-5 jet again.