Aeroplane Monthly 1978-02
D.Brown - Miles M.13 Hobby /British pre-war ultralights/
A rare photograph of the Hobby in the air, taken only days before the 1937 King's Cup Race.
With its feet tucked up, and with a final coat of dope, the Miles Hobby will look far prettier than it does in this, its experimental state.
WOODWORK AS A HOBBY: Mr. F. G. Miles' own pet entry for the King's Cup race. Christened the Hobby, it is powered with one of the new Series II Gipsy Majors driving a "1,000" size D.H. v.p. airscrew. Unorthodox features of this fascinating little wooden racer are the wide track and the short span, which is actually less than the length.
F. G. Miles carrying out taxiing trials of the newly completed Hobby at Woodley in early September 1937.
Seen after removal from the RAE’s wind tunnel, the Hobby now bears roundels and the serial L9706. It was struck off charge on July 24, 1939, and never flew again.
The Hobby nearing completion at Woodley in September 1937. It was the first Miles aircraft to have a retractable undercarriage.
The Hobby was sold to the Royal Aircraft Establishment in May 1938, and is seen here in Farnborough's 24 ft wind tunnel in December of that year.
The Hobby, bearing the Class B markings U2, at Woodley in June 1938 during fuel flow tests.
MAJOR-POWERED MINOR. The diminutive Hobby single-seater sports monoplane which will be the mount of its designer - Mr. F. G. Miles - in the King's Cup Race. It has one of the new Gipsy Major II engines.
The nearly complete Hobby at Woodley, minus its cockpit canopy and wheel covers. Note the wide track undercarriage.
Miles M.13 Hobby