The BD-5 Micro is a series of small, single-seat homebuilt aircraft created in the late 1960s by US aircraft designer Jim Bede and introduced to the market primarily in "kit" form by the now-defunct Bede Aircraft Corporation in the early 1970s.
The BD-5 has a small, streamlined fuselage holding its semi-reclined
pilot under a large canopy, with the engine installed in a compartment
in the middle of the fuselage, and a propeller or jet engine in the
BD-5J variant, mounted immediately to the rear of the cockpit. The
combination of fighter-like looks and relatively low cost led to the
BD-5 selling over 5,000 kits or plans, with approximately 12,000 orders
being taken for a proposed factory-built FAA certified version.
However, few of the kit versions were actually completed due to the
company's bankruptcy in the mid-1970s, and none of the factory built "D"
models produced, brought on by the failure to deliver a reliable engine
for the design.
In total, only a few hundred BD-5 kits were completed, although many
of these are still being flown today. The BD-5J version holds the record
for the world's lightest jet aircraft, weighing only 358.8 lb