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.
Peter K. Graichen
Albert C. Beckwith
Country of Origin: United States of America
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