If man was meant to fly, he would have been given wings

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.

Date:
      1991
Name(s):
      Jim Bede
Occupation:
      Amateur Aviationist
Location:
      Oshkosh, WI, USA
Event:
      Experimental Aircraft Association’s 39th Annual International Convention and Sport Aviation Exhibition

Aircraft Stats:

  • lightweight
  • two-seater
  • max speed of Mach 1.4
  • altitudes up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters)


Additional Information:

  • 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 “[30]), 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.

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