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Bede BD-8 Amateur-Built

This Bede BD-8 was purchased by Mike Huffman partially-completed following the Bede Aircraft bankruptcy auction in 1977. Huffman finished the aircraft in 1980 and flew it to Oshkosh; this photo was part of a feature article in Sport Aviation in January 1981. The single-place airplane was designed by Jim Bede for competion aerobatics, featuring a Lycoming I0-360 engine, constant-speed prop, sheet metal fuselage and tail group, composite wings, and composite spring main gear.

The large, slab-sided aft fuselage was desiged to enhance knife-edge performance. A unique feature of the design (though not incorporated on this aircraft) was that each half of the all-flying stabilator moved independently in concert with the ailerons--the idea was to provide better roll rates during vertical rolls.