This BD-5J was almost completely built by Quentin Campbell of Canberra, Australia. This location may explain the use of a Microturbo Cougar turbojet engine, the Australien GAF Turana target drone having been one of the only outlet for this engine in the years 1975-1777.
It was bought in 2000 by Juan Jimenez, the friendly moderator of the BD5 Yahoo forum for fifteen years. Juan continued the construction. He carried out some tests of the turbojet engine. Finally, he resold it in 2015. This Microjet has not reappeared since.
The design of this aircraft differs from Bede's BD-5J. Many components have been recreated to reduce the length, weight and fit a jet engine a little less powerful. This turbo jet engine does not have a starter. The start is by compressed air injection.
Since November 2004, this BD-5J holds the Guinness record for the world's smallest aircraft.
BD-5J N3038V General data
|Manufacturer||Quentin Campbell, AU|
|Type||Light sport Jet|
|Max ratings||1000 N||225 lbs|
|Span||5,18 m||17 ft|
|Length||3,66 m||12 ft|
|Empty||162.37 kg||358.8 lbs|
|Useful Load (average)||kg||lbs|
|Fuel capacity||121,1 l||32 US Gal.|
|Vne - Max. speed||km/h||mph|
|Vno - Max. speed in ope.||km/h||mph|
|Vs - Stall speed||km/h||mph|
|Max. rate of climb||m/s||ft/min|
|Max Range||740 km||400 nm|
|Best gliding ratio|
|Take off distance||m||ft|
|G limits||+ GS||-GS|