Aeroplane Monthly 1981-12
A.Ord-Hume - Big Falcon from Miles
View of the prototype Peregrine, with B markings, taken in October 1936. Undercarriage retraction was carried out with the aid of a bicycle pump!
Close-up view of the Peregrine's split flaps. In addition to being the first Miles twin, the Peregrine was the company's first aircraft to feature a retractable undercarriage.
A "TWIN" IS BORN. The prototype Miles Peregrine light twin-engined transport with two Series II D.H. Gipsy Sixes and D.H. variable-pitch airscrews. Flaps and a retractable undercarriage are features. This is the machine to be flown in the Schlesinger Race by Flt. Lt. H. R. A. Edwards and Sqd. Ldr. B. S. Thynne. It is apparent from this, the first photograph to be published, that accessibility has not been neglected in the design.
The prototype Peregrine seen at Woodley before its first flight. Note the easy access to the front and lower fuselage. The Peregrine was the first Miles aircraft on which F. G. Miles did not personally make the first flight.
Peregrine L6346 was ordered by the Royal Aircraft Establishment for boundary layer experiments. This second and final aircraft was fitted with two 290 h.p. Menasco Buccaneer engines.
The cabin accommodated two crew and six passengers.
The Miles Peregrine (Two Gipsy Sixes II.)