The Magister was a two-seat primary-training monoplane based on the Hawk Trainer. While in production it was the only monoplane in Great Britain to be approved
by the Air Ministry for ab initio instruction of RAF pilots and was used by RAF training establishments in England and overseas. Power was provided normally by a 97kW de Havilland Gipsy Major engine, although a 100kW Blackburn Cirrus Major was also fitted. A total of 1,293 was built between 1937 and 1941, some being exported.
| ENGINE||1 x de Havilland Gipsy Major I, 97kW|
| Take-off weight||836 kg||1843 lb|
| Empty weight||571 kg||1259 lb|
| Wingspan||10.3 m||34 ft 10 in|
| Length||7.5 m||25 ft 7 in|
| Height||2 m||7 ft 7 in|
| Wing area||16.3 m2||175.45 sq ft|
| Max. speed||228 km/h||142 mph|
| Cruise speed||200 km/h||124 mph|
| Ceiling||5480 m||18000 ft|
| Range||612 km||380 miles|
|Peter Watson, e-mail, 01.11.2015 14:24|
On 26.10.1940 my father John R Watson was a P /O training at Carlisle airport with No 15 EFTS in the above plane R1853, in his service flying log he added the following note :-
``It was the practice for the flight of 5 machines to take off together and separate for the instructors to deal with their own pupils.
Carlisle Airport was only a grass field and the planes were picketed out each night next to the flight office which was a tent, During the night of 25th October there was a heavy frost and the wings were covered with frost. By the time the instructors had taxied the planes into a `V` formation for take off a considerable amount of field had been used up. Formation take off is also slow. These factors together with the frost meant that none of the plane were properly airborne and they all crashed.
One hit a perimeter guard tent killing a guard, and another hit a hanger,a third flew between two hangers and landed on a house opposite. My plane went through a hedge and finished in the middle of the main road.
The pupils were all shocked and regretted volunteering for aircrew, but the instructors took us straight back up again``.
My dad gained his wings and trained as an instructor, in late Sept 1941 he was sent to Canada and on 25th Oct 1941 was stationed in Calgary with No 37 S.F.T.S. He ended his service in Canada as John.R.Watson F /L Trainer Instructor and returned to England in April /May of 1944, He carried on in the RAF in many roles and was de-mobbed in March 1946
|Dave Smith, e-mail, 08.04.2014 17:47|
The first flight I ever had was in a Miles Magister, on airtest out of Denham flying club in the late 1940s where I was a trainee mechanic. Reg No GA-JGM Is it still flying?
|serap tasdemir, e-mail, 11.01.2014 22:58|
I study Turkish aviation history. I need miles magister plane and Turkey. Please could you help me or what can I do some knowledge this subject? Which archives or books or etc...
Please help me,
Ast.Prof.Dr. Serap Tasdemir,
University of Inonu
|Lester Stenner, e-mail, 28.11.2013 12:04|
Flew only once in the Magister, for one hour at Blackbushe.
Cost my father ten shillings to use the aircraft which was owned by an Airwork Pilot. Nothing like an open cockpit, fresh air and excellent viewing.
|Bill/Drewe White, e-mail, 16.11.2012 04:19|
I got my licence with The Scottish Flying Club at Renfrew Scotland in 1955 flying a red Miles Magister C-AJRV just before I lrft for Canada. I found later than Roger Victor had a fatal crash two years later.
|Derek Helmore, e-mail, 07.05.2012 22:04|
I had ab initio training in this aircraft at Carlisle in 1942. It had landing flaps, unusual in a primary trainer I did my first solo in the Maggie before leaving for training in Canada.
|John Burdett, e-mail, 24.11.2010 05:42|
My first flight ever in this machine at age 14. At the Canterbury Aero Club, Christchurch NZ, 1952. Upside down hanging on the shoulder straps leather helmet and all talking to "the boss" thru the Gosport tube. Bloody clear comms. I will add.
|hakan, e-mail, 02.07.2010 08:45|
how can I find 3-views of this airplane.
|Caroll Peck, e-mail, 09.11.2009 17:52|
how can I find 3-views of this airplane. My fiance builds & competes in rc scale and is interested in building this plane
Do you have any comments?
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