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105 flights and the FT Sportster still lives!

nhk750

Aviation Enthusiast
#1
I keep track of all my flying with a spreadsheet and my FT Sportster (born 2-25-2017), that I modified with a better motor and reinforcements here and there, is still flying after 105 flights! At around 7-9 minutes per flight that's around 12+ hours of flight time. I have broken this plane in half, ripped the power pod out several times crashing it into the ground, bent the wings rolling into the ground and pretty much crashed and smashed it to death and it is hard to believe it still flies. I have actually destroyed two 2200 3s batteries in crashes with it. It is my park flying plane that I practice all kinds of flying with so when I fly my balsa planes I don't crash them...as much...All I have done to repair is tape it up and hot glue the crap out of it and fly some more.

In the picture you can see the motor has a lot of down thrust after many repairs and it is a bit challenging to hand launch, but once in the air it flies great!

Hats off to the FT Sportster as one of the toughest Flight Test planes ever designed!

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SquirrelTail

Well-known member
#2
I keep track of all my flying with a spreadsheet and my FT Sportster (born 2-25-2017), that I modified with a better motor and reinforcements here and there, is still flying after 105 flights! At around 7-9 minutes per flight that's around 12+ hours of flight time. I have broken this plane in half, ripped the power pod out several times crashing it into the ground, bent the wings rolling into the ground and pretty much crashed and smashed it to death and it is hard to believe it still flies. I have actually destroyed two 2200 3s batteries in crashes with it. It is my park flying plane that I practice all kinds of flying with so when I fly my balsa planes I don't crash them...as much...All I have done to repair is tape it up and hot glue the crap out of it and fly some more.

In the picture you can see the motor has a lot of down thrust after many repairs and it is a bit challenging to hand launch, but once in the air it flies great!

Hats off to the FT Sportster as one of the toughest Flight Test planes ever designed!

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Sure looks like a fun plane! Looking at building one soon. Just got 2 power pack C equivalent motors.