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George Herbert Miles (1911-1999), Designer of light aircraft
1911 Born 28 July at Hove, brother of Frederick George Miles
Educated at Hove College
c.1929 Joined his brother at Southern Aircraft to develop a metal version of the Martlet.
Moved to Reading as engine manager and test pilot at Phillips and Powis Aircraft
1943 Company renamed Miles Aircraft
1952 George became technical director of his brother's new company F. G. Miles Ltd.
1960 On the formation of Beagle Aircraft, George was appointed technical director and played a large part in the design of the Beagle 206.
1966 Carried out a feasibility study (Miles Aviation and Transport) for the Ministry of Aviation of scheme proposed by Michael Bird for a rail-air link between London and Paris using a transferable module which would allow the passengers to stay in the same seats throughout the journey, on both monorail and in the aircraft; considerable saving of time for the journey was expected
1970 After the demise of Beagle, George, as chairman of Miles Aviation and Transport Ltd, of Ford Aerodrome, Sussex, bid for the Shoreham part of the business, which had orders for 58 Bulldogs. Then he concentrated on Miles Electronics and Miles Marine and Structural Plastics
1999 Died on 18 September.