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Old 08-15-2015, 02:26 AM
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Powered by a Wren 160 gas turbine engine. 11 feet wingspan. Weighs 58lbs. Flown by Andy Johnson of the at Cosford Large Model Association 2015.

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Old 08-15-2015, 08:13 AM
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That 66% model is a reminder of how tiny the full size version is.

Looks a tad less demanding to fly that the full size though.

I just did a little research on the Bede BD-5J and was slightly surprised to find that the CAA allows the prop version to fly but not the jet.

[h=2]I knew that the only prop version flying in Europe was destroyed in a crash recently. http://www.pilotweb.aero/news/bede_b...land_1_4170905[/h]
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by j.duncker View Post
I knew that the only prop version flying in Europe was destroyed in a crash recently. http://www.pilotweb.aero/news/bede_b...land_1_4170905
That's very sad to hear. Rest in peace Howard Cox.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:46 AM
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My guess on why hey dont allow the BD5J to fly there is bc there is nowhere for an examiner to sit for the "check ride"
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:26 PM
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Almost looks like a foamy bouncing around on the ground and in the turbulent sky :-P
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:53 PM
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Your foam addiction is beginning to have an adverse affect on your vision Henke!
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Originally Posted by j.duncker View Post
That 66% model is a reminder of how tiny the full size version is.
That reminds me of an airshow I went to in the early 80's. The "Coors Silver Bullet Jet" (BD-5J) was to perform. I walked up and commented to my wife "Oh look, they've got a giant scale model of the plane too."

The pilot overheard me and said "No, this isn't a model, this is the real thing." Wow, it really was tiny!

Dave

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Originally Posted by dbacque View Post
That reminds me of an airshow I went to in the early 80's. The "Coors Silver Bullet Jet" (BD-5J) was to perform. I walked up and commented to my wife "Oh look, they've got a giant scale model of the plane too."

The pilot overheard me and said "No, this isn't a model, this is the real thing." Wow, it really was tiny!

Dave

Yeap, if your much over 5'10 and 180lbs, you wont fit.
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Originally Posted by invertmast View Post
Yeap, if your much over 5'10 and 180lbs, you wont fit.
Not so, pilots of 6'3 have flown the BD-5. The cockpit might have to be configured (seat back angle increased) to allow a tall pilot to fit. The famous author Richard Bach owned a BD-5J and he is 6'3.
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Originally Posted by jlk69 View Post
Not so, pilots of 6'3 have flown the BD-5. The cockpit might have to be configured (seat back angle increased) to allow a tall pilot to fit. The famous author Richard Bach owned a BD-5J and he is 6'3.
Well I dare say it must have had some significant alterations for that height as well as the CG changes it might cause. Corkey Fornof and a woman who's name I cannot remember, brought two of the little jets into the local field for an airshow. They were known then I believe, as Acro Jets due to some of the legaleze involving Jim Bede. Anyway, they brought them in a horse trailer modified a bit, rolled 'em out and put them together.

I stood right next to the cockpit while I talked with him and their ain't no friggen way I could have got inside it and I'm 6'2".

Check out this video starting about 1:10 He talks a bit about himself and you get to see a commercial he made flying a BD-5J.

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Originally Posted by jlk69 View Post
Not so, pilots of 6'3 have flown the BD-5. The cockpit might have to be configured (seat back angle increased) to allow a tall pilot to fit. The famous author Richard Bach owned a BD-5J and he is 6'3.
Well what would i know... ive only owned 3 of the things.
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Originally Posted by invertmast View Post
Well what would i know... ive only owned 3 of the things.
No disrespect. I do own one as well, and agree that no matter how you do it fitting into a BD-5 if your taller than 6 foot is a tight fit. However it can be done, even in a non-stretched fuse. Debbie Gray wrote an article for Air & Space magazine and said "
I showed up in Newton because Bishop and Fornof said there might be a job for a wingman if I had time to hang out. I had just finished a year and a half in Canada as a pilot on the four-Pitts Carling Aerobatic Team when Bishop called me to replace their number three pilot, Ed Mahler. The little jet is slippery and sensitive, and the six-foot-four Mahler found it awkward in formation." Also the former Canadian pro football player Scott Manning flew a BD-5J he built in airshows and he was over 6 foot tall as well. (I had to leave out links to the Air & Space article and Scott Manning's Wikipedia
page until I get to 10 posts)
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Oh, BTW I have been following the BD-5 for many years. First by reading all of the newsletters and other info sent out to BD-5 purchasers by Bede Aircraft, then by newsletters from Bede Micro when Kieth Hinshaw was developing the Honda auto engine conversion. After that I was in the BD-5 chat group on Yahoo run by Juan Jimenez and now I am a member of the BD-5 Facebook page. Also, I have been to several Oshkosh Air Shows in the 80's and 90's and of course had a Kitplanes subscription during those years as well.

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Zeeb, Enjoyed the video of Corky Fornof !
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Byron BD converted to turbine power, Jet Cat P80, 87 inch span.( www.georgiajets.org).
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:47 PM
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Etops that is a awesome flying site.

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