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FT Explorer WR (1447mm)

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Flying Difficulty:
Build Difficulty:
Power Pack:
Power Pack B
Power Pack:
Power Pack C

FT Explorer WR (1447mm)


FT Explorer WR (1447mm)


The FT Explorer carries all the simple lines, features, and characteristics that you will find with many of the most common and successful trainers, such as the Hitec Easy Star, the Sky Surfer, and of course, the Hobbyking Bixler series. The difference is that the motor, wings, tail section, and nose can all be swapped, reconfigured, or changed out to allow you to discover the performance changes of a new design. Our hope is that the community will design, learn, and share what they have created, so others can learn and grow. Just like the Mighty Mini Tiny Trainer, The FT Explorer comes with 2 wings– one for 3 channel flight and a sport wing for faster 4 channel operation. Both the B and C motor packs (c packs need 9x6 propeller) can be used on the FT Explorer to go from a light and slow trainer to a strong performing FPV platform or sport trainer. 

Recommended Electronics Packs:

Power Pack B - a lighter set up and is great for a light weight trainer setup on the explorer.

Power Pack C - a heavier more powerful setup that will give you more extreme performance and plenty of power to carry extra FPV gear. Requires 9x6 propeller.


  • WEIGHT WITHOUT BATTERY: 1.08 lbs (493 g) 
  • CENTER OF GRAVITY: 2.25” (57 mm) from leading edge of wing 
  • CONTROL SURFACE THROWS: 12˚ deflection - Expo 30% 
  • WINGSPAN: 57 inches (1447 mm) 
  • RECOMMENDED MOTOR: Park 370 – 425, 1000 kv minimum 
  • RECOMMENDED PROP: 8 x 4.5 slow fly or 9 x 4.5 HQ Prop
  • RECOMMENDED ESC: 20 – 30 amp 
  • RECOMMENDED BATTERY: 2200 mAH 3s minimum 
  • RECOMMENDED SERVOS: (2 – 4) 9 gram servos 

FT Explorer Build

Please watch recent build videos before removing any paper from the foam! Some videos may use white foam board, which is no longer available and has now been replaced with water-resistant foam board.

  • Awesome!

    Posted by J. Barton on 6th Jan 2017

    I've been out of RC airplanes for 27 years!! Saw your videos on youtube and decided to get the Explorer with the Graupner mz-12 combo. Can't say enough about this plane! Super easy the build and just as easy to fly. Landing was so graceful, made me look like a better pilot than I am. Great beginner plane in my opinion! I have built the Scout, 2x Bloody Wonder, FT-22 and the FT3D in the last week! Can't wait to get them in the air! Thanks to Flite Test for all you have done and continue to do for this awesome hobby!!! And a special thanks for helping me fall in love with flying again!!!!!!!

  • Great Airplane!!!

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Nov 2016

    A great a great fun airplane. Worth the money. I would recommend this for anyone getting into the hobby. It flies great with a camera and fpv and can fly anywhere over 2200mah 3s.

  • Scratchbuild from plans - Good plane

    Posted by Kingbird on 8th Sep 2016

    I built this plane to fill the role of my second ever RC plane. I was looking for something easy to fly and cheap to repair/rebuild in case of the inevitable crash. I built the plane from downloaded plans, Dollar Tree foam board and servos/motor/battery etc. ordered from FliteTest.

    The plane does exactly what I wanted it to do. Have crashed it several times and the only harm was a crunched nose. Those were replaced with new noses using 50 cents worth of foam board in less than an hour each. Mine have turned out a bit tail heavy so have had to add up to 2 oz. fishing weight to the nose to get the CG right. It flies like a powered sailplane (with the trainer wing). Today I got it crazy high and timed the glide back to near ground level at about 2 1/2 minutes. The plane would probably make an excellent slope soarer. It is a good airplane. Fairly docile and easy to fly. With the small motor it gets a little dicey under full power but settles down substantially at 75% or less.

    I just ordered the two servos and "Y" harness necessary to build the sport wing for it. This build will include reinforcement spars to avoid the wing collapses reported by other builders. I hope the folks at FliteTest come up with a good fix for this problem.

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