This Day in Aviation History
September 12th, 1971
First flight of the BD-5 micro jet.
The 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 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….
Wikipedia, Bede BD-5: http://bit.ly/X8fdSm
YouTube, Octopussy BD-5J clip (James Bond): http://bit.ly/1m0EdWW
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