• Review: F-86 Sabre From Milviz

    F-86 Sabre Interior

    The three-dimensional virtual cockpit is very detailed, and all its elements are clear and readable. All aspects are essentially true to the many real-world photos I found. Sabre cockpits changed over the years, and recent private owners have updated their cockpits and panels.


    F-86's INTERIOR DETAILS
    F-86 by Milviz
    F-86 by Milviz
    F-86 by Milviz
    F-86 by Milviz

    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    Instruments of the F-86 Sabre

    Milviz's instrument panel matches the photo in the real-world manual included with this product. I cannot verify colors because the photo is monochrome, but similar colors are found in some of the many real-world photos of this panel.

    This panel is laid out differently from what we're accustomed to nowadays, and some instruments are different. As examples, the airspeed indicator and attitude indicator are not color coded, and the card on a "slaved gyro magnetic compass" always shows north at the top while a needle rotates showing current heading. There are no radio-navigation instruments. The airspeed indicator includes a horizontal rotating drum that shows current airspeed through a small window, which is very handy. It requires some time spent looking over this panel and its instruments as well as time simulating the Sabre's flight. The real F-86 had no autopilot or GPS, and neither does Milviz's F-86. A few instruments don't do anything and are not identified in Milviz's manual.

    The 3D virtual cockpit offers several close-up views of significant instruments and controls. It has no two-dimensional panel and no popup windows for specific instruments and controls. No GPS device is included. Pilots of the Sabre's era had no GPS, and there's no space in the panel to add a device, but modern Sabre pilots can certainly use GPS. Milviz provides instructions for adding a GPS if desired.

    Operating Milviz's unique instruments requires the use of four special programs that must be activated upon initial launch of this aircraft. Users should click "Run" when FSX asks for permission to use these programs. Bypassing these programs will render the aircraft unusable.


    F-86's INSTRUMENTS
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    Main Instrument Panel
    F-86 by Milviz
    Attitude Indicator
    F-86 by Milviz
    Gyro/Compass

    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    Documents

    Milviz provides two manuals in portable document format (PDF) for using its F-86 Sabre, plus a short text file.

    • USAF Flight Manual: This 431-page manual describes everything pilots need to know about flying a real North American F-86F Sabre. It appears to have been scanned from the April 1971 update of a real May 1960 manual.
    • Milviz User Manual: This 31-page manual, titled "FSX User Manual for the Milviz F-86F-30," describes the Milviz rendition of this aircraft with numerous screen shots of the cockpit and instrument panels. It also has a section describing normal, extreme, and emergency flight procedures such as stalls, spins, and belly landings.
    • READ ME FIRST! IMPORTANT: This simple text file describes "a fix for what seems like a light reflection moving up or down in the middle of the F 86 instrument panel as you take off and/or land the plane . . . because FSX coding is not always cooperative."
    MILVIZ's F-86 MANUALS
    F-86 by Milviz
    F-86 by Milviz

    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    Tags: f-86, f86, milviz, sabre

    8 Comments
    1. naruto kun's Avatar
      naruto kun -
      Tech support is actually supposed to be via Milviz forums...
    1. n4gix's Avatar
      n4gix -
      The knob on the lower left corner of the gyro compass will rotate the card to whatever magnetic heading you wish to place at the top of the instrument. It is not "fixed" to the N position.

      This comes in handy whenever wishing to set and follow a specific heading with an easier reference point.
    1. usb777's Avatar
      usb777 -
      Where do I get this guy?
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Quote Originally Posted by usb777 View Post
      Where do I get this guy?
      If you read to the end of the article there is a link to where you can purchase it. All our articles are done this way.
    1. usb777's Avatar
      usb777 -
      Well I found it. Followed the installation to the letter. When I tied to switch to another aircraft this model or another in my library it locked up my program. What did I miss? Now I feel like I wasted my money. I have hundreds of other aircraft that have functioned perfect dating back to 2004 FS9 and recently FSX. I know FSX is tricky in windows 7 but I have everything else working the only thing I did not get was the EZCA. Anything about that? I would just as soon play with the aircraft since now I own it.
    1. naruto kun's Avatar
      naruto kun -
      Read my first reply....I made some fixes which i posted in the support forums after i was done with the Service Pack.
    1. usb777's Avatar
      usb777 -
      Quote Originally Posted by naruto kun View Post
      Tech support is actually supposed to be via Milviz forums...
      At $35.00 a shot Why would I have to recofg. anything anyway? Can I get my mony back? Ya, good luck.
    1. bdliddicoa's Avatar
      bdliddicoa -
      Thanks, Bill. I really appreciate your "test pilot reports" on how to fly the planes. Very helpful to me.