The Flite Test X-29 is a replica of the full scale model originally developed by Grumman in the 1980s as an experimental aircraft to test new design technologies such as using forward-swept wings, canard control surfaces and carbon fiber composite materials. The team at Flite Test have simplified the some aspects of the plane to allow it to be constructed out of foam board and common materials while still retaining the sharp looks of the design. The aircraft’s unique flying characteristics such as its gentle stall have also been retained, but the inherent instability of the full-scale aircraft has been improved in our foam version.
It's relatively short, air foiled wing and long fuselage keeps the plane tracking straight in fast passes and allows it to slide into sharp turns while still having the locked-in feel. The speed and agility as well as its slightly more complex build means that it is a good fit for intermediate pilots and builders.
Power Pack Compatibility: Flite Test Airplanes are all designed around the use of various "Power Packs" which include an inexpensive Motor, ESC, Servo, & accessory package to complete each aircraft!
Specifications: Weight: 1.65Lbs (Fully assembled; without battery)
Wingspan: 27.5 Inches (698.5mm)
Center of Gravity: 22.75 Inches (577.85mm) from the nose (Recommended)
Control Surface Throws:30 degrees
Expo Suggestions: 30%
Laser-cut Foam Airframe
Needed to Complete:
(1) Brushless Motor: Flite Test C Radial or Park 400 Type, 1100kV minimum
(1+) Propellers: 9x4.7
(1) ESC: 30 Amp
(1+) Battery: 4S 14.8V LiPo 2200-4200mAh
(2) Servos: ~9 Gram Micro Servos
This product was added to our catalog on October 24, 2017
This was a great plane to scratch build. This was probably my 10th FT plane that I have scratch built. It was very satisfying to see everything fit together nicely. Assembling the front section that the nose piece goes over is a tough one, and I was pushing so hard to get it in place that I bent the plane in half. Steady pressure indeed. I fixed that error, and got it all assembled as an EDF. As an assembled model, it looks great. I got a lot of compliments on how cool it looked, and a lot of questions about it.
As for the maiden flight, I tossed it hard, it flew straight, but as I found out after 2 subsequent maidens, the thrust tube for the 70mm EDF necks down too small at the end. I was concerned about it when I put it together, but thought not to question the original design. Perhaps that was on me, but comparing it to the Viggen that flies great with the same motor (2300kv 6S), I had not nearly enough thrust, and the jet just couldn't stay airborn. Sadly with these flite test EDF planes, in order to take out the EDF or modify the thrust tube, you have to nearly destroy the jet to get to them. I will build this again in the future and make sure the thrust tube is larger at the end. I learned a lot from the first build, so i think the second will go smoother with some custom mods!
Friday, Apr 12 2019 (4 months ago)
Flite Test X-29 Electric Airplane Kit (699mm)
This plane is geat. It was easy to put together and it is fast. It also slows way down for landing. I built the ducted fan version with the 69mm unit from e-flight. With a 4 cell battery it has plenty of thrust. On the first flight it only needed 1 click of right aileron and 1 click of up trim. I got lots of nice comments from the other guys at the field. It would be nice if it had landing gear. I love this plane.