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George Herbert Miles

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April 1944. George Miles flying the Miles M. 28

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

1943 George became chief engineer and chief designer[1]. He designed a number of light aircraft, including the revolutionary Libellula.

Other important designs included the Messenger, the twin-engined Gemini, the Aerovan and the supersonic jet M.52.

1948 When Miles Aircraft was put into liquidation, George moved to Airspeed as assistant chief designer [2] where he worked on the Ambassador which BEA called the Elizabethan.

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.

1963 George Herbert Miles resigned from Beagle Aircraft and left the company. He was already director of F. G. Miles, Miles Electronics and Miles Structural Plastics[3]

1966 George Miles' company Miles Aviation and Transport of Shoreham planned to build an amphibious car, designed by Charles Vinten[4]

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[5]

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[6]. Then he concentrated on Miles Electronics and Miles Marine and Structural Plastics

1971 Made a proposal to avoid nationalisation of Rolls-Royce; was prepared to put in his own money[7]

1999 Died on 18 September.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Dec 27, 1945
  2. The Times, Nov 06, 1948
  3. The Times, Jul 09, 1963
  4. The Times, Aug 30, 1966
  5. The Times, Aug 03, 1966
  6. The Times, Apr 20, 1970
  7. The Times, Mar 17, 1971
  • The Times, November 12, 1999