Bede BD-2 Love One

Année du premier vol
(ou de design, si seul projet)
Pays USA
Designer(s) BEDE, Jim
Premier constructeur Javelin Aircraft Corporation, USA
Type d'appareil Motoplaneur
Fonction Expérimental

Envergure 19.27 m
Longueur 8.4 m
Surface alaire17.8 m2
Profil aile--
Masse à vide885 kg
Masse maxi2400 kg
Charge alaire--
Vitesse mini--
Vitesse maxi--
Finesse maxi
Taux de chute mini--
Nb sièges1

En vol avec le train tricycle non largué [via Virtual Aircraft Museum]
[via Virtual Aircraft Museum]


Javelin Aircraft Corporation, USA1
Nombre total de constructions1
Infos techniquesMotoplaneur dérivé du Schweizer 2-32, conçu pour des records de distance.
Moteur Continental IO-360-C de 225 CV.
Histoire résuméeThe first flight was made 11 March 1967
The BD-2 was a specially built airplane to demonstrate and establish world distance records. It was developed by having a Schweizer 2 32 airplane modified in specific manner. The wings were completely sealed to hold a large quantity of fuel. Special wing tip were developed and two main fuselage tanks permitted a total fuel capacity of 2100 litres. The BD-2 set numerous distance records and one for maximum close course record beating a B-29. This aircraft was flown on the record flight for 70 hours solo by Jim Bede.
The Bede BD-2 Love One (Low Orbit Very Efficiently Number One) was an American single-seater experimental aircraft designed and built specifically for an attempt to fly around the world without refuelling, and first flown in 1967. The Bede BD-2 was a mid-wing cantilever monoplane based upon the airframe of a Schweizer 2-32 sailplane, of all-metal construction powered by a Continental IO-360-C six-cylinder horizontally-opposed air-cooled engine providing a top speed of 312 kmh and a range of 45,865 km.
After being forced from what became American Aviation, Bede tried his hand at a record breaking around-the-world flight in a specially modified Schweizer 2-32 powered glider he called the BD-2. He nicknamed the airplane "LOVE", a contraction of "Low Orbit, Very Efficient". The aircraft was modified to dramatically increase fuel tankage to 565 gallons (2,140 l), which included the addition of two large tanks in the fuselage, sealing the wings to turn them into tanks, and adding tankage on the wing-tips as well. It was completed in April 1966 (although other sources say 1968), and while he did not attempt its two-hop-around-the-world trip, Bede set several distance and endurance records, including a 70-hour endurance record in October 1969. This flight only ended after an electrical failure, just under 9,000 miles (14,500 km) being covered by that point.
Liens personnalitésBEDE, Jim (USA)
RemarquesLove One = Low Orbit Very Efficient One


Liens WEBSite : Virtual Aircraft Museum . Note + 1 photo + specs. (2009-12-27 CL)
Site : Probert Encyclopedia . Note + 1 photo (petite). (2009-12-27 CL)
Site : Wikipedia . Biographie. (2009-12-27 CL)
Site : Wikipedia . Note. (2012-11-17 CL)
Site : Airport Data . 4 photos du N1981P. (2012-11-17 CL)
LivresPas de livre référencé.


Pas de plan ou kit référencé.
Fiche n° 242 [Dernière mise à jour : 2012-11-17]