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BD5 High Performance Micro Jet Experimental Homebuilt Aircraft


The 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.

source/image: MojoGrip

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.

BD5 jet is one of the first kit jet ever produced. With the design first introduced in 1972. The BD5 is an experimental homebuilt aircraft that can be powered by a single piston engine or a turbine jet engine. The one feature in the video is powered by a turbine engine with 220 lbs of full thrust.


You are cruising north of 300 mph in this jet and you’d be burning roughly 50 gph doing it.The BD5 is comparable to the Sonex jet which we featured here a while back. Price point is around $150,000 for a finished built airplane.

  • 2021 Sling TSi
  • Rotax 915 (141 hp engine)
  • Range: up to 1000 miles
  • Climb rate: 1200 fpm
  • Speed: 170 mph
  • Fuel: 8 gph
  • Dual G3x + G5 Backup + GTN 650 + GMC 507 Autopilot
  • Build Price + Training: $325,000