Aeroplane Monthly 1989-10
R.Riding - Miles metamorphosis
Three air-to-air photographs of the newly-restored Miles M.2L "Hawk Speed Six", taken by ADRIAN M. BALCH in the Old Sarum area on July 17, 1989. The pilot is American owner Tom Buffaloe.
The aircraft’s authentic paint scheme was gleaned from photographs supplied by Aeroplane Monthly. The amateurish figure 8 on the M.2L’s rudder is a faithful reproduction of the original race number.
The aircraft is powered by its original D.H. Gipsy Six 1A engine. Airframe and engine have flown around 520hr over the past 54yr!
Top, 'GP in its original form, with typical Miles windscreen, taking part in the 1938 King’s Cup race at Hatfield. Fontes came 13th with an average speed of 184-5 m.p.h.
Bottom, ’GP in the post-war configuration in which it was raced with considerable success in the hands of Ron Paine.
The fuselage of G-ADGP was stripped down and rebuilt with new top decking in 1988.
An air-to-air photograph taken near Old Sarum on July 17, 1989.
The same aircraft at Hatfield in September 1937 on the occasion of that year’s King's Cup race.