4/11-2001, updated 7/12-2014 by JH & PS
In the opening sequence of 'Octopussy' Bond used a gadget that at first appeared to be a horse's rear, but then became a mini-jet. Bond escaped and finished his objective at the same time.
The Acrostar is not only fast, but incredibly manoeuvrable - a real acrobet of the air with a max. dive speed of 350 mph (560 km/h). Its take-off run was 540 meters (1800 ft), and its landing run 240 meters (800 ft). Despite its short fuselage, the cockpit could accommodate even a tall man such as Bond in reasonable comfort.
On 6. December 2014 the BD-5J was on auction at Julien's Auctions starting bid USD 100.000,-. Note: engine not included! But it wasn't sold.
The Essential Bond, by Lee Pfeiffer & Dave Worrall, Boxtree, 2000.
James Bond, The Secret World of 007, Dorling Kindersley, page 82/83.
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