In the movie Spy Kids (2001), there is a scene where the characters board a small jet aircraft "built for one passenger". The aircraft is about 2 meters tall with a 3 meters wingspan, and features a single jet engine, air intake located below the canopy, and tricycle landing gear.
Which got me wondering: what is the smallest fixed-wing jet-powered aircraft to date?
- The aircraft must be able to takeoff and land under its own power (i.e. aircraft launched mid-air does not count).
- The aircraft is propelled by one or more turbojet or turbofan engine(s) (i.e. no propellers, no rockets).
- "Smallest" is measured by wing span.
- The aircraft must be pilot operated (i.e. RC aircraft does not count).
- This is not a question about whether an aircraft that small is possible, since there is already another very similar question. Rather, this question is about the smallest aircraft successfully flown in history to date.