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FIRST SIGHTING: Great Planes F-86 Micro Sabre at the Arizona Electric Festival


This is not a review but merely a report on the first chance the public, and RCGroups, has had to view the new F-86 Micro Sabre. Hopefully, a full review will be coming in the near future here in E-Zone. Dan Landis, the Market Outreach Manager from Hobbico made the first public flight of the Sabre F-86 on Thursday morning. He made multiple flights and I videotaped three of the flights two of which are shown below. The plane was impressive in the first flight in calm conditions. It appeared to meet the claimed 40+ miles per hour in full throttle flight but also slowed down and still flew like it was on rails. Thursday afternoon we had a steady breeze of about 8 mph by my estimation coming in about 30 degrees from the left of the runway and the Sabre still flew very smoothly (My computer and the camera used on that flight are not communicating correctly with each other so that video is not available for viewing at this time.). There were a number of flights on Friday but due to the high cloud cover the sky did not lend itself to videotaping the small silver plane. Saturday morning the field was closed due to wind but Sunday Dan flew the Sabre in steady winds of at least 15 mph with gusts over 20. The gusts took the smoothness out of the flight but Dan was still able to control the Sabre even in that wind.

Control with the AnyLink

The Sabre was controlled by Dan using the new AnyLink transmitter attachment. Dan was using a Futaba 7C and the AnyLink was secured to the back of the transmitter with self-sticking Velcro like material and was powered and connected to the transmitter through the trainer plug. Three cables come with the AnyLink and I temporarily hooked up an AnyLink to my JR 9303 using the cable supplied for MOST Spektrum/JR transmitters. It plugs into the buddy box connector for control and the charger plug to power the AnyLink. The plug to the transmitter should be unplugged when not in operation (at least with some transmitters like the JR 9303X) or it will drain the battery in the transmitter. With the AnyLink connected you broadcast in FAAST 2.4GHz to control the Sabre. The AnyLink is included with the Sabre at this time. It will be able to control a number of the RTF and ARF planes from Great Planes/Hobbico in the near future. From the little Albatros and Dr.1 and the big Sensei Electric trainer and more. During this SIGHTING REPORT the control was rock solid. Some transmitters require a different cable then the three supplied but most will work with one of the three connectors supplied. More on the AnyLink in a future report.

Flight Video/Photo Gallery

I apologize for the quality of my two videos below. The small size and speed of the plane caused me trouble keeping it in the center of the shot and when it wasn't in the center the focus went searching...



It was a very nice surprise for me to see Dan Landis at the AEF this year. Dan took time to explain and show the Sabre to any pilot who was interested as well as the AnyLink transmitter system. I want to thank him for the time he shared with me and the many other pilots in demonstrating the Sabre as well as other planes he brought with him. There was no question about the interest this plane generated even just sitting on the tarmac between flights. I especially enjoyed seeing people who saw the plane on the ground first and somewhat dismissed it until they saw it flight and then expressed how they were going home to order one after they saw it in fly.

While I was never skeptical about the plane's ability, the Sabre went from a might-have to a must-have for me on Thursday. The plane includes the AnyLink with it and that will open a whole new world for pilots. But that is another story. This plane is a winner! Two joysticks up.

#2 bruff Feb 01, 2012 06:02 PM

It was fun to watch it fly. Can not wait for mine to show up. Still on back order. :(

#3 Michael Heer Feb 01, 2012 06:03 PM

In my article I said it became a must have for me on Thursday. I just want to confirm I have it on back order. Mike Heer

#4 NitroCharged Feb 01, 2012 06:40 PM

Cool video's Michael! :)

Only one thing could make this cooler and that's retracts closing as it takes off into the sky.

I hope to take care of that real soon! :cool:

#5 Razors edge 29 Feb 01, 2012 08:01 PM


Thanks for this

Makes me even more excited for mine to show up.

#6 JSS4 Feb 01, 2012 08:42 PM

This needs to fight the new UMX MiG.

#7 Michael Heer Feb 01, 2012 11:08 PM

I would be surprised if they didn't both fly at E Fest next week. Mike

#8 Gamerjoe Feb 01, 2012 11:17 PM


Originally Posted by JSS4 (Post 20611847)
This needs to fight the new UMX MiG.

Well at least one would look close to scale. Either way, they both look very fun!

#9 DanLandis Feb 02, 2012 08:29 AM

Hi Mike,

It was a pleasure meeting you at the event and getting to fly with you.

#10 Dora Nine Feb 02, 2012 07:31 PM

Cute little companion to the E-Flite MiG.

#11 Champflyr Feb 02, 2012 07:34 PM

Ugh. Want.

#12 new2rc Feb 02, 2012 08:27 PM

Can't believe it flew like that :eek:


#13 Grimracer Feb 03, 2012 01:04 PM

When Dan did that low pass on thurs.. he slowed it down.. then powered up.. fantastic acceleration! Looks like GOBBS of power!


#14 Doug Cronkhite Feb 03, 2012 01:51 PM

I spotted for Dan a couple times on Saturday when the wind was still blowing a solid 12-15mph and the little Saber handled it just fine. It's really a GREAT flying little jet.

#15 JSS4 Feb 04, 2012 10:04 AM


Originally Posted by Dora Nine (Post 20622490)
Cute little companion to the E-Flite MiG.

Cute? Or bitter MiG alley dogfight rival?

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