As cool as the idea is, and as much as I liked Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, I'm with Pete Zaitcev on this one--even that short test flight looked to me like the pilot was flirting with disaster. I wonder just how powerful that jet engine is, though; that engine in an updated version of the old Bede BD-5J microjet might make for a fun little airplane.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Wed Sep 24 17:47:09 2014 (2eP1J)
Sonex Subsonex with T-100 seems like a much better airplane than BD-5J. Jim Bede in general had a rather controversial reputation in aviation circles, or so I heard. BTW, the company's website still lists 200 knots top speed for a 150 hp BD-4D. I think even fans of Whittman Tailwind weren't quite so enthusiastic.