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BD-5J Microjet - N3038V

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

ManufacturerQuentin Campbell, AU
TypeLight sport Jet
First flightProject 
Nb. built1

Power plant

EngineMicroturboCougar 022
Max ratings 1000 N225 lbs


Span5,18 m17 ft
Length3,66 m12 ft
Height1,52 m5'9"


Empty162.37 kg358.8 lbs
Useful Load (average)kglbs
Fuel capacity121,1 l32 US Gal.
Max. permissible  kg lb

Performances estimées

Vne - Max. speed km/h mph
Vno - Max. speed in ope. km/hmph
Vs - Stall speedkm/hmph
Max. rate of climbm/sft/min
Service ceilingmft
Max Range740 km 400 nm
Best gliding ratio  
Landing distancemft
Take off distancemft
G limits+ GS-GS