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Old 07-16-2017, 05:57 PM   #11
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FWIW, I came very close to buying one of the original BD-5 kits (about $5k at the time). Anyone remember the BD-10? It looked kind of like a miniature F-15. I visited with Jim Bede by the prototype on display at Oshkosh one year. I admire and like Jim Bede a great deal, in part for his aircraft vision, but more so his marketing and promotion skills.

With that being said, part of me really wants to send Raptor a check for $2000 to reserve my plane. Kind of like buying a Lotto ticket, it allows a dream at least for some time...


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Old 07-16-2017, 10:42 PM   #12
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They had me until I got to the powerplant. Audi? Ugh. I love German cars - but I don't think I would ever fly behind a German ECM!!!


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Old 07-16-2017, 11:58 PM   #13
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The BMW car emblem represents the prop arc of their aero engines. A BMW set a world altitude record of 32,021 feet on June 19, 1917, just over a hundred years ago.
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The BMW car emblem represents the prop arc of their aero engines. A BMW set a world altitude record of 32,021 feet on June 19, 1917, just over a hundred years ago.

At the BMW Museum in Munich, my affable tour guide, Anne Schmidt-Possiwal, explained that the blue-and-white company logo did not represent a spinning propeller, but was meant to show the colors of the Free State of Bavaria.

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Well as with any investment there is risk associated so I guess we will see how this one pans out. Thanks for all the comments and keep them coming guys.

I will continue to save and prepare for buying my Cherokee 6....the Raptor is a dream as well as the Piper.
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At the BMW Museum in Munich, my affable tour guide, Anne Schmidt-Possiwal, explained that the blue-and-white company logo did not represent a spinning propeller, but was meant to show the colors of the Free State of Bavaria.

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True as far as the time line goes but the resemblance was used later on a BMW Motorwerks magazine cover in 1929.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:25 PM   #17
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Hmmm..."dual kevlar cogged belt driven PSRU".

I wonder who will be supplying the belts? I think Gates has permanently abandoned the aircraft business. But I guess since this is Experimental they won't need to know.

Cogged belt might not be the best choice because diesels have pretty strong power pulses. Don't some of the aircraft conversions use "slipper clutches"?


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