Miles Magister, Old Warden 2009 ©Nigel Key
20 March 1937.
The Magister was designed by Miles Aircraft as a two seater open cockpit basic trainer, monoplane.
The construction consisted of a wooden structure with a plywood covering, featuring low cantilever wings of a constant section with the outer section fitted with dihedral tapering to the tip.
The first flight of the Miles M.14 Magister was in March 1937. From the initial M.14 design the rudder was increased in height and fitted with anti-spin strakes on the rear fuselage and the definitive M.14A Magister I was born.
The Miles Magister became an ideal trainer for new RAF pilots who were to progress to the Spitfire and Hurricane and was known affectionately as the 'Maggie'.
The Miles Magister was produced from 1937 to 1941, with 1,303 built.
Gipsy Major I, producing 130 hp.
Production of the Miles Magister began in October 1937 with over 700 aircraft entering service in the RAF Training Schools by the start of the Second World War.
After the war many of the Magisters were converted to civilian use and re-designated as the Hawk Trainer III.
|Crew - 1 or 2 (in tandem)|
|Length - 24ft 7.5in (7.51m)|
|Wingspan - 33ft 10in (10.31m)|
|Height - 6ft 8in (2.03m)|
|Empty Weight - 1,286lb (583kg)|
|Max. Weight - 1,900lb (862kg)|
|Max. Speed - 132 mph (212 km/h)|
|Range - 380 miles (612km)|