Flite Test – Plane Retrieval – FLITE TIP

September 2, 2011

Have you ever flown your RC plane right into a tree? Or onto a roof? Well… we have. And in this episode, we will show you the many different ways of retrieving your planes… as “safely” as possible. See where the Cessna is now: www.youtube.com


25 Responses to “Flite Test – Plane Retrieval – FLITE TIP”

  1. MrMyKidd on September 2nd, 2011 7:33 am

    Those are some drastic measures you guy had to resort to. Coincidentally, I offer a plane/heli “ReTreeval” service in, and around Lexington, Ky where I live. I am an experienced tree climber, and have many tricks, and tools that can be employed to rescue stranded models. If you ever find yourselves in this situation again, and you don’t want to destroy your investment, I would make a special trip for you guys, for the opportunity to hang out with the cool kids.

  2. IconOfSin88 on September 2nd, 2011 7:52 am

    Of course the grappling gun failed, spring loaded toy guns always suck. That method should be the best if you’d use a decent Co2 gas paintball gun.

  3. TheRattleSnake3145 on September 2nd, 2011 8:00 am

    You guys need to stop with the Redneck stuff, we watch you for the Rc reviews.
    you do realise falling bullets can be lethal dont you?

  4. TheRattleSnake3145 on September 2nd, 2011 8:19 am


    You do realise Top Gear doesnt to any REAL reviews don’t you?

  5. manuelbeltranmeza on September 2nd, 2011 9:12 am

    Very fun episode.

  6. manuelbeltranmeza on September 2nd, 2011 9:50 am

    Why don´t try burn it up all the trees? Is funny and colorfull.

    Saludos desde México.

  7. pagani8 on September 2nd, 2011 10:19 am

    Not sure if this would with the 150+ trees I have around me in the Pacific Northwest 🙂

  8. tomascontrerasjr on September 2nd, 2011 10:43 am


  9. desidudes78 on September 2nd, 2011 11:21 am

    Hey, when are you guys gonna post a new vid? I wake up every morning and check. cool vid though

  10. FPVStockholm on September 2nd, 2011 11:29 am

    The scene at 02:40 is just hilarious!! That made my day:-)

  11. roastedghost on September 2nd, 2011 11:34 am

    @Mena142 Ease up, Homeboy…you’re right though. That kind of thinking is irresponsible and reckless. Much more reckless than shooting a tree with multiple shotgun blasts, we all know shotguns and other firearms have absolutley ZERO effect on trees or any other living organsim. But on the other hand, the wood from the tree could have been used to cook food or provide warmth for homeless people.
    By the way, I don’t get oxygen from that tree, I don’t live in Ohio, that tree is in Ohio….

  12. seojnichols on September 2nd, 2011 11:58 am

    Tie 8 foil helium balloons to fishing line on a fishing rod, guide the balloons up above the aircraft and tug until you dis-lodge it. Party stores typically have clearance designs they will sell you for around $0.50 each. My last retrieval cost $4.50.

  13. spraynpray on September 2nd, 2011 12:36 pm

    I heard a good one recently. You get some long PVC pipes and connect them. You can get a good 60-80 feet of them pretty easily and pop the thing back apart and into your truck… assuming you have a truck.

  14. Flash1940 on September 2nd, 2011 1:01 pm

    Climbing the tree is close….but if the first branch is way up there it’s nearly out of the question. There is a good method I learned years ago putting a rope out over a creek for a swing over the creek. You need an old palate, a handsaw, a hammer and some 4″ common nails. The palate is your wood source….make several pieces about 18″ long. Nail the boards to the tree. They’ll be about belt high apart as you climb up and nail each board in. You can get pretty close to your plane.

  15. unsnogworthy on September 2nd, 2011 1:26 pm

    I’ve found two very cheap ways to get a plane out of a tree with minimal damage.

    1. A thin nylon rope tied through a tennis ball. Good for short range. If you have a friend through some of the line after the ball is tossed, you get a little more range.
    2. A sling shot, some fishing line, and a fishing weight. Less than $20 at walmart. Plus if the line and/weight get stuck just cut it and tie a new weight on.

  16. gKadonoff on September 2nd, 2011 1:30 pm

    When my dad got his hawk sky stuck in a tree, we used a bow and arrow with a string attached to get it down. You guys should try that next time.

  17. zoilto on September 2nd, 2011 1:40 pm

    bando de felas da puta.. não voam nada e só ficam destruindo os modelos!

  18. RCllamadude on September 2nd, 2011 2:35 pm

    @bassnfanatic fail. 😉 just kidding. did you try climbing the tree?

  19. mudgutts35 on September 2nd, 2011 3:24 pm

    you guys forgot the way you would have done it in your childhood. CLIMB THE DAMN TREE!!! hahahahha.

  20. malshanp on September 2nd, 2011 4:07 pm

    Call the fire brigade ..

  21. bassnfanatic on September 2nd, 2011 4:57 pm

    after watching this video i went out and flew my plane into a tree 🙁

  22. jodde73 on September 2nd, 2011 5:13 pm

    Climb the tree.

  23. TheBlindHawks on September 2nd, 2011 5:13 pm

    Great vid guys – We use a long rope with a stone at one end – but we think the graple chain is muuuuuuch coooooooler :))

  24. oldfogey100 on September 2nd, 2011 5:45 pm

    A. Y’all are nuts. ( not a bad thing)
    B. Love the new intro and exit.
    C. Heh. Y’all are nuts.
    Great vid guys. Thanks for the smile.

  25. jayc004 on September 2nd, 2011 6:09 pm

    The best bit is……2 guys shooting at it, one with a shotgun. There are no marks on the aircraft from the weapons!
    Never go hunting with those two!!

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