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FT Retro Rocket

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The FT Retrorocket is a combination of Buck Rogers, art deco, and our favorite acme rocket combined together to make something even the Wiley coyote would be proud to fly.

FT Retro Rocket


FT Retro Rocket

Flying Space Required
Large Field
Build Level
Flying Level
Build Time
3 Hr
Flying Speed

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The FT Retrorocket is a combination of Buck Rogers, art deco, and our favorite acme rocket combined together to make something even the Wiley coyote would be proud to fly. The retrorocket is a passion project of Josh Bixler to create a jet that is only limited by your imagination. The goal was to bring the beautiful lines of the golden age of flight and combine them with unique experiences that anyone can enjoy whether you’re a beginner pilot, an aerobatic pilot, or you have a need for speed.  


 The retrorocket can be built as a prop driven lightweight pusher that is both maneuverable and capable of incredible aerobatics, especially when coupled with our FT thrust vector system. This gives the pilot the ability to have ya control under power which enables flats spins and pinwheels at incredible RPMs.

 If the classic looks and sound of a jet or what you’re passionate about, the FT retrorocket can easily accept our 70 mm EDF fan and can deliver amazing performance, efficiency, and speed on a 6S 2200mAH battery.  With this configuration, you can expect great speed and performance with an incredible sound due to the large side, intakes that guide air directly to the motor.


 Additional capabilities are unlocked when you couple the retrorocket with the FT Aura 5.  Simply by installing one of our Retro Rocket configuration files, you can easily unlock features like air, brakes, thrust vectoring and so much more.  The FT aura five is also a great solution for beginner pilots, who wish to have features like launch assist and level assist. Both these features make taking off in Flying enjoyable and approachable for even the newest pilots even on windy days. 

 The retrorocket also has great options like our unique landing gear system, which can easily be removed or installed with a simple click. With the wide wheelbase, the retrorocket is a joy to takeoff and land.

 Our hope is that the retrorocket inspires all pilots to take to the skies with the wonder and imagination from the inner child that is still within all of us.

 Still on the fence?  Take to the skies with the retro Rocket through The Wings Simulator and push the limits and build skill right on your computer where repairs are just a reset away!  We are grateful to the wonder team at Wings who have made it possible for FT Designs to be enjoyed and skills to be built through their amazing simulator!

Build Videos


  • Weight with battery: 2.5lbs (1133 g)  EDF version
  • Weight with battery: 1.65lbs (725.7g) Prop Version
  • Center of Gravity: 10.25" from Trailing edge of wing (see marks on wing)
  • Control surface throws: 16 degrees
  • Wingspan: 33.25" (844.55 mm)

Package Includes

  • Kit includes airframe only. Electronics are not included in the base kit. Please select power pack and other options above.


  • Aura Configuration for Thrust Vector:

    • Download Thrust Aura Configuration File

    • Settings
      Mode on channel 5
      Servo ports:
      S1- throttle
      S2-Left wing (left wing servos connected with servo Y)
      S3-Right wing (Right wing servos connected with servo Y)
      S4- Rudder/thrust vector unit
      Mode 1= no gyro
      Mode 2= level assist
      Mode 3= 3 axis gyro and full acro-rates

  • Aura Configuration for EDF/Prop:

    • Download  EDF Aura Configuration File

    • Settings

      For EDF or Prop version Mode switch is on channel 5
      Servo Ports:
      S2-Left Outer Elevon
      S3-Left Inner Elevon
      S4-Right Outer Elevon
      S5-Right Inner Elevon Set Aux2 (channel 7) to a momentary switch for to activate Airbrakes Mode 1 = No Gyro
      Mode 2= Level assist
      Mode 3= 3 Axis with acro rates

  • Amazing cartoon plane!

    Posted by Christopher Ieda on 18th Feb 2024

    Having built many master series planes, this build was a refreshing combination of typical Flite Fest and master series curves. I built two kits in two weeks and worked out the kinks I encountered the first time (putting the wrong wing skins together, etc) I was blown away by the ingenious way the fuselage parts are joined and really appreciate how Josh shot the build videos. I have an EDF version ready to fly on Zeee 6S 2200’s, and a thrust vectored prop version on a 4S 2200. They are going to be a hit at my club meeting and will fill the local skies with shenanigans!

  • Retro Rocket Build

    Posted by Troy Brandon on 4th Feb 2024

    A really fun build! Josh does such a fantastic job with the instructional videos, covers all the bases. Still waiting on EDF instructions so not complete yet. Tricking it out will be fun for sure! Buddy and I doing Coyote and Road Runner to fly together. Thanks Flite Test!
    Troy B.