The prototype M.3 Falcon was designed by Frederick Miles, of Miles Aircraft Limited, with 'G-ACTM' being built by Philips and Powis having its first flight on the 12th of October 1934.
The M.3 Falcon was manufactured in a similar manner to the Miles Hawk Major with the addition of side by side seating behind the pilot in an enclosed, glazed cockpit and powered by a Gipsy Major engine producing 130 hp.
The M.3A Falcon Major had a wider fuselage than the prototype with revised sloping forward glazing but still powered by the Gipsy Major engine. The aircraft was designated M.3A Falcon Major and was the first production model and was first flown during January 1935.
The M.3A proved to be underpowered so the M.3B Falcon Six was developed which was powered by a Gipsy Six engine producing 200 hp. This engine was then fitted in all later versions.
A 4 seater version of the M.3 was developed with dual controls and designated the M.3C Falcon Six.
Due to the M.3C having capacity for an extra passenger the weight limit of the aircraft became an issue, so a strengthened version was designed to accomodate an extra 11% payload which was designated the M.3D Falcon Six.
During October 1934 the prototype M.3 Falcon was equipped with extra fuel tanks and was enetered into the MacRobertson Race which was from England to Australia, taking 27 days to reach Darwin but returned to England in a record 7 days 19 hours and 15 minutes.
The M.3B Falcon was entered into the King's Cup Race in 1935 and won with a speed of 176.28 mph.
Before the second World War, the Falcon was given trials in the Royal Air Force and at the outbreak of the war 10 were impressed into service by the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Swedish Air Force.
|Passengers:||up to 2 (side-by-side)|
|Wing Type:||Low-wing Monoplane|
|Length:||25ft 0in (7.62m)|
|Wingspan:||35ft 0in (10.67m)|
|Height:||6ft 6in (1.98m)|
|Empty Weight:||1,300lb (590kg)|
|Max. Weight:||2,200lb (1000kg)|
|Engine:||De havilland Gipsy Major engine producing 130 hp.|
|Max. Speed:||145mph (235km/h)|
|Range:||615 miles (990km)|
Prototype version with 3 seats. Powered by Gipsy Major engine producing 130 hp.
M.3A Falcon Major
4 seat version powered by Gipsy Major engine producing 130 hp.
M.3B Falcon Six
3 seat version powered by Gipsy Six engine producing 200 hp.
M.3C Falcon Six
4 seat, dual control version powered by Gipsy Six engine producing 200 hp.
Strengthend version powered by Gipsy Six engine producing 200 hp
Further variant powered by Gipsy Six engine producing 200 hp
Modified M.3B for trials with Fairey wing, spoiler and retractable aileron.
'G-AEEG', CN 216, Miles M.3A Falcon photographed at Old Warden September 2005.
The M.3A Falcon is a low-wing monoplane which has a single de Havilland Gipsy Major engine producing 130 hp, 'trousered' main undercarriage and fixed tail-wheel