Are you looking for your first EDF jet or are you a more advanced pilot looking for a new EDF? Look no further. While great for people new to EDF jets, The Freewing F9F Panther is fast and agile enough for experienced pilots too. The Freewing F9F is one of our favorite jets. While this F9F Panther EDF is not for beginner flyers, it is perfect for the intermediate flyer looking for their first EDF jet. There is not an easier EDF jet to fly. Unlike many EDF jets, the Freewing F9F actually floats for an extended period of time without throttle (assuming a correct CG). The F9F is powerful enough to loop and has a fantastic roll rate. We recommend hand launching and belly landing in the grass for pilots new to EDF jets. The F9F is built from durable EPO foam and uses nylon hinges. While a 1600 mAh LiPo is recommended, a 2200 mAh battery can be used by more experienced pilots with minor modification to the battery compartment. We highly recommend a high wing trainer for beginners and proficiency with at least one low wing plane before attempting to fly an EDF jet.
Skill Level: Intermediate Build Time: 1 Hour Recommended Age: 14 and up
FEATURE VIDEO: Flight Demonstration of the Freewing F9F Panther EDF Jet
30A, Internal BEC, T connector
Propeller / EDF
none - belly lander (optional gear is available)
3S 11.1V 1600mAh 25C 3 cell LiPo
Nylon hinges on all control surfaces
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Posted by Lance on 15th Feb 2015
I have purhased two of these planes and have not gotten either one of them to fly correctly. I put the suggested 1600 battery and it just stands on its tail. I tried an 1800 and it's to nose heavy. I even tried the recommended Gyro (Eagle Pro ), and all it would do is "Spin" right after lauch. I even tried multiple gain settings and still no l luck. I found it almost impossible to find the CG...I'm sure from the other reviews there is a certain way to set this plane up.. I just don't know what it is. I wish I had all that $$$ back.
Posted by Matthew Batarseh on 12th Feb 2015
So now that I have more time on flying the 1600mah batteries I tried the 2200mah batteries again and was successful getting a hand launch. The key for me was no elevator until it picks up a little speed - just keep it level. Saves me from having to buy more batteries and can focus on fixing my FW-190 I keep busting up :)
Posted by wayne hall on 11th Feb 2015
I fly off of grass so put a set of landing gear on the plane a 40 amp stinger ESC cut out the center stringer and dremeled out half the two other inside stringer's to set a 3s2200 pro admiral batt side ways in the plane. I don't know how it got off the ground flew so slow it scared me, landed it plugged in a 1600 4s admiral take off to vert wow no CG problems fun fun fun.
Posted by Bruce Kaplan; Las Vegas Soaring Club, V.President on 2nd Feb 2015
First I want to give a special thanks to Scott Anderson who's reviews proved to be the best in making my jet fly the best. His reviews below, that spelled out exactly what to do, worked perfectly. I had a Hobby People 2200mAh 3S 30C and it fits real tight and right. Trimming out the 2 cheater ribs in the lower intake to better grip the Panther is the best. I also added a 5/8" strip of adhesive black sandy stair-step material placed the length of the underbelly... works great on our all carpet runway which 250'x 36'...stops really great(lvsoaringclub.org). Another material for asphalt would be black rubber car body side molding strips. I use that on my gliders. Through some pressure placed on the top of the fin where it meets the top of the fuse, while gluing, I was able to get it to match up and fit flush. Thanks again Scott for the most helpful review ever and MRC for providing a really fun jet.
Posted by Chris on 8th Jan 2015
Maidened ours today. First flight tail heavy with 1550 Mah 3 cell. Switch to 2200 and flew great but will stall in turns without full throttle. Going to do some cutting in the batt compartment to fit a 4 cell which turn this baby into a very cool rocket!
Definitely not a beginner and jet but it's totally awesome in the air. Love it!
Posted by Matthew on 29th Dec 2014
This plane is my new favorite for just getting out to the field and getting up in the air quickly. My friend and I tried with 2200mah Admiral batteries at first and just could not get it to hand launch successfully. Just not enough power to get going. Switched to 1600mah batteries and babbam! So easy. I get about 5 minutes of mixed throttle usage flying on each battery.
This is my first EDF but definitely won't be my last. Its not a super fast airplane but its pretty much just right for someone transitioning from slower prop planes to a first EDF.
Posted by Dartanian on 26th Dec 2014
The only reason i gave it 4 stars is no rudder (which normally i wouldn't complain but on full bank turns she needs one). Other than that it is a 5 star fun little jet with the exception of the C.G. The actual CG is 36mm back from leading edge of the wing. I flew her with an admiral 3300mah 3 cell but she was quite heavy but still flew. I recently changed her to the admiral pro series 2200mah 40c 3 cell. I loke the way she flies much better now bit still needs a rudder. I am planning on changing to a 4s set up and a 50 amp esc (the motor i will be using is the FMS standard edf motor: 2627 5100kv brushless outrunner for the 4s setup. All in all a great model but for those looking to get into edf jets i would say this one could be your second not first but still easy to fly. Absolutely love MotionRC and i will not buy from anyone else. Thanks motion! Please check out my youtube channel and subscribe: Dartanian Carlson
Posted by J Houston Morrison on 10th Dec 2014
I was there, worked this airplane, exact markings .. Navy A school 4 Jet Mech. Memphis Tn., we trained on Panthers even though the Axial flow engine pretty much obsolete .. They where Radio Consolable & where used to train to recover Regulus Submarine missiles (jet) that where launched @ sea .. When major Maintence needed they where scrapped and brought anther 1 from mothball Litchfield Park Ar. .. If u served with me, sure would like to here from u 530 640 3545
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Dec 2014
Overall 4 stars. Price/value 5 stars. Not great in wind. Normal power (no unlimited vertical).
This aircraft is easy to put together and trims out quickly.
I flew the maiden flight in breezy conditions and nearly lost it once but after I got it under control, it was a joy. Don't let it get too far away - it is a small airframe and you can lose orientation. You want to let it fly because it is so easy but rein it in and keep it close. It is a joy to fly in calmer weather.
Now, it isn't' a surprise that such a light airplane is sensitive to wind so that is not a big detractor. In fact, if a breeze comes up while you are airborne, you can still manage it. However, I am giving it 4 stars as that matches with my own stable of airplanes. I have airplanes about this size that are better in the wind but for a scale - this is a great addition.
I am running the recommended battery and CG was perfect. Power is OK - it isn't a barn burner/hot liner but it does have a nice fly-by look and speed. You can't do big honking loops with it because it doesn't have unlimited vertical but it will loop nicely and roll nicely (more scale than anything). Hand launches are fine - if in a stiff breeze be careful to launch with not much upward angle else the breeze will catch it and flip it upwards. All launches were quite predictable. I recommend a helper launch on the maiden - I didn't use one and was fighting it for the initial bits. Landings are easy - just test it on the maiden to see the slow speed envelope and bring it in at a nice low angle and flare at the last minute. Works great.
There are lots of YouTube videos on these and many use bigger batteries but you really don't need one. Stick with stock and it is a pussy cat.
Posted by Scott Anderson on 26th Nov 2014
Just to add to my previous review:
- The F9F flies straight out of my hand with a small toss.
- The Speed envelope is wonderful! I can fly full bore, or I can slow it down and get it to hover in the wind. I actually got it to fly backwards in a strong breeze!
- The colors are terrific! it stands out in the sunshine against the sky & the green of the trees & grass (for 3 months in Minnesota!)
- It just needs a PILOT! I'm putting a Williams Brothers small jet pilot in my next one!
Posted by Scott Anderson on 26th Nov 2014
I have been flying my 1st F9F for 3 years now and its one of my favorite planes to throw in the car and go flying!
I was fortunate to have 4 buddies who had bought the same aircraft and showed me what to do to get it to fly right before I bought mine.
- We use 2200 3S batteries - they shove into the nose without modification and the CG is perfect!
- I cut one of the ply cross-members on the servo tray to put the receiver below the tray and out of the way for the battery. (I use Spektrum)
- I trimmed (2) of the cheater ribs in the lower intake so I have a place to grip (pinch) the airframe just below the CG for hand launch. It does not affect the looks and makes it so much easier to handle!
I put on 25 flights on the first day. I only had to stop after trying to limbo under a barbed wire fence and clipping the tail!
I have hundreds of flights on mine and pictures of it flying formation with other F9F's on the deck.
I bought another as my 1st is getting a nickname as 'lumpy' due to my entanglements with ground based obstacles!
I recommend this aircraft to anyone who has some flight experience!
Posted by Lonnie McDavid on 14th Nov 2014
The instructions were a little unclear as related to the CG position.
One page said 36mm and another page said 45mm measured from the from the fuslage leading edge not the wing leading edge. The 36 mm measurement is correct.
Like I said on an earlier review, she flew her madien flight with absolutly no trim adjustments.
Posted by Rob Hayes on 4th Nov 2014
This is the second one of these that I have gotten. The first one my wing fell off and crashed due to the fact I had crashed (flew on a very windy day and the plane got to bouncing and I lost orientation) and did not check the wing for damage totally my fault. I had to have another one because this plane is so much fun. I will always have one in my hangar!!! If you like having fun then this plane is for you...don't take my word for it try it for yourself!
Posted by dave cannestra on 3rd Nov 2014
I first had a problem with the plane flipping over "tail heavy" I adjusted the battery all the way forward and it flew like a dream. But not before i crashed it 2 times. I crashed it like 4 times after that. 3 of the times was a nose dive and i was so surprised that it was still together.
Posted by Rich on 27th Oct 2014
This EDF is easy to launch and solid in turns and loops. Make sure you push your battery all the way forward! Don't go by their CG! I am even using 2200 mah 3s on this for about four minutes and it flies very well. Easily worth the minimum investment.
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