The Super Sabre
It's a great flyer

How about no trim change for the operation of the leading edge slats, trailing edge flaps or the belly mounted speed brake?
We did adjust the C.G. slightly (4oz of lead added to the tail) after the first flight. The leading edge devices contribute a lot to reducing the landing pattern speed and increasing the wing stability in this critical phase of flight - definitely worth the R&D time and money, you'll love both how they look and function.
It is a good size model that weighs 31 pounds dry with the AMT AT-280 (Pegasus). The engine worked perfectly and seems to be a great match for the airframe. Subsequent models will be flown with the RAM 1000 power system.
The F-100 D is a very aerodynamically clean specimen and so it was cruising at about 150mph at ½ throttle. The max speed today was limited to about 170mph. Our goals were to learn the most about the slow speed flight and landing characteristics. When we are ready, obtaining 200mph top end will be easy.
We are happy to report that all of the systems, including the new specially designed landing gear, worked perfectly even in a 15mph 90° crosswind that we were forced to deal with. The ground handling is great - no scratches on the tanks or tips.
So, the first 3 flights are in the log book, there will be more soon to further study the model in high speed and aerobatic flight, but we know enough now to proceed with producing the parts, plans and instructions.
Thanks to so many of you who have encouraged this project and thanks to Mitch Weiss for the photo work that helps tell the story of the Super Sabre in flight.

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Climbing out from the third takeoff.

Wing tanks always add some presence to a model, the Super Sabres 40" long tanks are no exception.

Notice the high, but safe angle of attack on landing allowed by the highlift and drag devices. The windsock defines the strength of the crosswind.

Don Smith and Sam Leonard are key members of BVM's R&D team. The F-100 D represents the best efforts of these very talented and experienced model jet engineers on the BVM team.

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2nd round of F-100 test flights

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