Aeroplane Monthly 1989-05
G.Levett - From Penguin into Eagle (4)
The pilot of a Hurricane I watches as a nine-aircraft formation passes overhead. The author did around eight hours’ training on Hurricanes, mainly formation flying and unauthorised dogfights.
Pupils under training in 10 EFTS Tigers at RAF Yatesbury in August (April ???) 1940. Note the blind flying hoods folded down behind the rear cockpits.
A pupil preflighting a Tiger Moth at Yatesbury in August 1940.
Miles Master advanced-training monoplanes with Rolls-Royce Kestrel XXX engines. The Kestrel XXX has been specially developed to meet training requirements.
Line-up of Master Is. The prototype first flew in 1938 but by the time war broke out in September 1939 only a handful were in service. Masters of No 5 EFTS are pictured here.
Factory-fresh Masters, 1939. N7410, second from the front, was delivered to the A & AEE and became 2551M in March 1941.
ADVANCED TRAINERS: Flying training schools are now receiving batches of Miles Master I advanced training monoplanes with Rolls-Royce Kestrel XXX engines. These machines are not only fast and “easy on the eye” but reproduce more nearly than any comparable type the characteristics of the modern fighter.
Closely resembling the Miles M.9 Kestrel, the Master I was powered by a derated Rolls-Royce Kestrel XXX, making it 70 m.p.h. slower than its predecessor. Its handling characteristics made it an ideal fighter trainer.