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The Brokaw Bullet — hot tandem

22 April 2015

The Brokaw Bullet — hot tandem

27° 58″ 54″ N / 82° 01′ 35″ W

The Brokaw Bullet — photo by Joseph May

The Brokaw Bullet at the Florida Air Museum — photo by Joseph May

Originally termed the BJ-520, with BJ referring to the designers Bergon Brokaw and Ernie Jones, it became the Brokaw Bullet and ultimately powered by Garrett TPE331-25AA turboprop engine. Aerobat capable with a speedy cruise speed of 320 mph (515 km/h) and a climb rate of 3000 fpm (15 m/s) this is one hot aircraft. Unfortunately it did not experience production success though it has fortunately not been lost to the scrapyard — it resides at the Florida Air Museum.

The Brokaw Bullet — photo by Joseph May

The Brokaw Bullet’s  tandem cockpits (note the pilots mirror to view the rear cockpit occupant) — photo by Joseph May

The Brokaw Bullet — photo by Joseph May

The Brokaw Bullet under the wing of the FedEx Boeing B-727 — photo by Joseph May

The Brokaw Bullet — photo by Joseph May

The Brokaw Bullet Garrett turboprop engine’s massive jet exhaust on the right side of the cowling — photo by Joseph May

The Brokaw Bullet — photo by Joseph May

Pilot’s cockpit of the Brokaw Bullet — photo by Joseph May

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. lawrence Torgerson Jr permalink
    21 August 2016 01:43

    I had a ride in it at the EAA convention in 1978. We did a fly-by with other fast planes. But we were the one that was on the outside of the others. We were doing 220mph in pattern. This is when he had problems with the nose gear. We landed on the N/S runway in
    front of the crowd ,On the main gear and the tail skid. Dead stick. We stayed off the nose due to me being at the right weight . He got out and pulled the nose gear down / got back in and taxied back to his parking spot. Then came the firetrucks. He had it fixed in two hours, then took a test flight. My brother and Brokaw’s wife had cameras ,but did not take pictures.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      21 August 2016 08:24

      An exciting landing! Also a story that helps make the aircraft more than metal sitting in a field–thank you.

  2. 23 August 2016 06:40

    Thanks for finally talking about >The Brokaw Bullet —
    hot tandem | Travel for Aircraft <Loved it!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 August 2016 07:38

      I’m glad you liked it 🙂 Quite an aircraft!

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