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Old 09-08-13, 12:30 AM   #1
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Looking for old TV Show - Guy who made his own jet

I believe this was in the 90's. There was a very popular TV show about technology and DIY stuff. This guy was not the ordinary DIY-selfer. This was a retired aerospace engineer who actually worked designing jets for a living. Anyhow, after retirement, the guy was bored and he designed a very small jet engine, and some kind of micro-jet airplane to go with it. I think the whole "jet" was not any bigger than one of those ride-machine that kids play with at the mall. A pickup truck was all you needed to move the jet around.

The guy on the show wanted to break some kind of record. He flew the micro-jet through a hangar. That's all I remember and my google-fu has failed me tonight.
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There is this:
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Old 09-08-13, 05:58 AM   #3
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http://www.bd-micro.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede_BD-5

This one?
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Old 09-08-13, 06:44 AM   #4
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Sounds scary, I'd be deathly afraid to fly in an experimental aircraft, test pilots are a brave bunch! That being said, I'd love to go for a flight in a fighter/trainer, with an air force trained fighter jet pilot.
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I remember seeing that on TV. I think it was on Modern Marvels Biggest and Smallest episode. Probably what JohnnyHK posted.
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Old 09-08-13, 04:26 PM   #6
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I always say, if Foo can't find it (or make it up), it doesn't exist (or should not exist)!

Both JonyHK and Wulf are correct. JonyHK's link to the wiki has all the data. The plane in question is called the BD-5. The one that appeared on the TV show used the shorter wings (earlier models), while the one on Bond's movie was a later model with longer wings. But it is indeed the same aircraft.

Not the safest hobby I might add, from the wiki: Of the first 25 completed, with both the "A" and "B" wings, 14 crashed with 9 fatalities.
Ouch... step into that thing and you have 56% chance of crashing and 36% chance of dying. Fly it 3 or 4 times and you are almost guaranteed to be dead.

PS:... found some more clips:

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Old 09-08-13, 04:42 PM   #7
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Not the safest hobby I might add, from the wiki: Of the first 25 completed, with both the "A" and "B" wings, 14 crashed with 9 fatalities.
Ouch... step into that thing and you have 56% chance of crashing and 36% chance of dying. Fly it 3 or 4 times and you are almost guaranteed to be dead.
"world's larges lawn dart" the pilot says. No wonder it's dangerous.
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They didn't acctually fly through the hanger in the movie, it was attached to a truck.
I really liked lawn darts, they where a cool 'toy'. We used to see who cound throw them the highest, and make them go into the ground farthest.
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