1939 Miles M14A Hawk Trainer III (Magister)

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Lot 31
1939 Miles M14A Hawk Trainer III (Magister)

Sold for £ 46,000 (US$ 64,073) inc. premium
1939 Miles M14A Hawk Trainer III (Magister)
Registration no. G-AHUJ
Serial no. 1900

Footnotes

  • Once forming part of the world-renowned Strathallan Aircraft Collection, this Miles M14A trainer is the only exhibit to be retained by the proprietor, Sir William Roberts, following the Collection's dispersal in 1981. Sir 'Willie' Roberts, who died in November 2012, was a prominent figure in the history of aviation preservation. In the early 1970s he founded the Strathallan Collection of historic aircraft near Auchterarder, Scotland and was one of the first individuals to establish a privately run, working and flying collection of aircraft in the UK.
    The 'Duxford' of its day, Strathallan was at its zenith in the 1970s. Restoration work was done on site and the museum was open to the public most weekends, offering visitors the opportunity to inspect the aircraft at close quarters and talk to the pilots and engineers. Roberts' collection was admired worldwide for its diversity, and the list of his aircraft is one that any collector or museum would be envious of today.

    Roberts owned a de Havilland Mosquito restored to flying condition; a Canadian Avro Lancaster; a Hawker Hurricane, a pair of two-seater Supermarine Spitfires as well as a number of single-seater examples; a Fairey Battle, now in Belgium; a couple of Bristol Bolingbrokes, one of which became the basis of the flying example at Duxford; the Lockheed Hudson now at the RAF Museum, Hendon; the Westland Lysander at the Shuttleworth Collection; Fairey Swordfish, Grumann Avenger, Avro Shackelton and de Havilland Comet on static display together with a host of other light aircraft, most of which are now scattered around the UK in various museums.

    After many years of delighting the general public with flying displays and air shows, Roberts sold off his collection at auction in July 1981. Most of the light aircraft went to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune but many found new homes abroad, including the Mosquito and Lancaster. Roberts retained his love of aviation throughout his life and kept this Miles M14A, which is offered for sale by order of his executors.

    The company that would become Miles Aircraft Ltd was formed in the 1930s by Charles Powis, Jack Phillips and engineer Frederick Miles, trading initially as Phillips & Powis Aircraft Ltd. Rolls-Royce bought a share of the firm in 1936 and aircraft were produced under the Miles name, though it was not until 1943, when Rolls-Royce sold its interests, that the company became Miles Aircraft Ltd. Affectionately known as the 'Maggie', the M14 Magister was a two-seater training aircraft widely used by the RAF and Fleet Air Arm during WW2. It was a development of the civilian Hawk Major and Hawk Trainer, and being a low-wing monoplane was the ideal introduction to high-performance flying for pilots moving on to the Spitfire and Hurricane. Large numbers of the civilian Hawk versions were pressed into military service as well, and the design was also used by several foreign air forces. Many were adapted for civilian use after the war.

    Introduced in 1937, the M14 featured an open cockpit and a plywood covered spruce airframe, and was powered by the de Havilland Gypsy Major I four-cylinder inline engine. The latter produced 130bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of 142mph at 1,000 feet. Cruise speed was 124mph, range 380 miles and service ceiling 18,000 feet. The M14/M14A was produced up to 1941, by which time some 1,200 had been built in the UK with a further 100 assembled in Turkey.

    This example's ownership records begin in June 1946 when it was owned by Weston Aero Club Ltd of Weston-Super-Mare and from November of that same year by Home Counties Aero Club of Radlett Aerodrome, Hertfordshire. Its next owner was Loch Leven Aero Club followed by McDonald Aircraft Ltd, which acquired the M14A in March 1948. The next owner, Stewart Henderson of Burghmuir, kept the aircraft from April 1951 to June 1964 when ownership passed to James Russell of Aberdeen. Sir William Roberts acquired 'G-AHUJ' in January 1976 (see UKCAA Certificate of Registration on file).

    Fully restored while in Sir William's ownership (including an engine rebuild, believed in the early 1990s), the Miles was a regular flyer and was used for many of the Strathallan Collection's air shows. 'G-AHUJ' was last inspected in June 1996 (by Chris Turner Aviation, York) and the engineer's report is on file. Its permit to fly expired in 1999 and the aircraft has been hangar stored since then, retained by Sir William as a reminder of his once-great collection. The aircraft will require re-commissioning before further use, or would make an excellent static museum piece.

    Despite the relatively large number produced, only 16 of this type are known to the Miles Register today, of which only a half dozen or so are airworthy, so 'G-AHUJ' represents a wonderful opportunity for the connoisseur of classic aircraft.
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