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Bede BD-5B

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Designer Jim Bede announced that his BD-5 would deliver tremendous performance at a minimal cost, particulary to those who purchased and built the kit designed for amateur construction. Tremendous enthusiasm for the airplane could not overcome a significant weakness in the design: the lack of a suitable engine. The ultimate failure of concept should not obscure the many original and innovative aspects of the design.

Gift of Albert C. Beckwith and Peter Graichen.

Manufacturer: Peter K. Graichen
Albert C. Beckwith

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Wingspan: 6.6 m (21 ft 6 in)
Length: 4.1 m (13 ft 4 in)
Height: 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in)
Weights: Empty, 243.2 kg (535 lb)
Gross, 431.8 kg (950 lb)
Engine: Honda Civic EB-2 turbocharged, 101 horsepower

Physical Description:21ft. 6in. span, 13ft. 4in. long, 4ft.3in. high; all-metal, single-place; 1982.

Inventory number: A19840839000

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