This might be a fun way to see what people really think about Flite Test... Well lets just say when I first saw their videos I was not really impressed. Here was a couple of guys taking nice airplanes and crashing them. To me a plane was a treasured item. I was upset about this... Well let's move the clock forward to present day. I now see where they were going with Flite Test and now have come to enjoy their videos and really enjoy their designs. I used to fly Balsa planes with gas motors.
I was never really comfortable with it. I could fly but was always on edge for every flight, afraid I would mess up my plane if I "Landed it with style".
Several years back I was introduced into the Electric Foamy World by Flite Test and I have not looked back. Yes I still have my favorite planes
but now they are made out of Dollar Tree Foam Board and I am no longer flying on edge. The cost of the airframe is minimal with a short build time. Flight characteristics and flight times are equal to the "Gasser" planes but with no clean up after a day of flying. Yes the initial cost of the batteries is high but when compared to $30 to $40 for a gallon of fuel it balances out quickly. Back to the foam planes... like I said, they are cheap to build and I enjoy building them.
I never thought that foam would stand up to my flying abilities. I look back on some of the foamy planes I have built and see an improved progression in my building techniques. I have went back and re-built several of my earlier planes but built them in the Flite Test way. They look better, fly better and last longer. Maybe why... I'm not as worried about what happens to the plane which has made me a much better pilot and more relaxed. I still get the knees shaking every once in awhile when I "Dumb Thumb" one of them in
but I just pull out the Hot Glue gun and melt it back together and if it is too tore up I either build a new one
or donate the electrics to another FT Design that catches my eye. I just want to say Thanks the Flite Test Crew for making this hobby fun again for me... Keep them coming Guys! I look forward to the next plane released from Flite Test. Chime in with your thoughts about Flite Test, I would be interested in what they are...
Lee Chamberlin Sr. aka Mudman1959
Pun Jet... Fast and Agile! Maybe a bit too much as it donated it's parts to another plane.
Storch #1... It flew fo almost a year. Made many mods and repairs to it.
The Explorer with its twin noses
The Versa... A fast little animal
The Fun Bat... My Son destroyed this one into the corn
Storch #2 with all the mods
Look familiar? It should... once a Bushwaker, now a Tri Pacer
The Beast... The Kraken twisted and turned into the Northrup N9M-B
Storch #1 in its better days