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Miles M.11 Whitney Straight

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In the mid-1930s wealthy aviation enthusiast Whitney Straight approached F. G. Miles to design a new lightplane for flying club use, the result being the Miles M.11 Whitney Straight two-seat cabin monoplane of low-wing configuration. The prototype (G-AECT) was flown for the first time on 14 May 1936, and its all-round good qualities resulted in the production of 50 M.11A, M.11B and M.11C aircraft over the next two years, until 1937.

The second production Miles M.11A Whitney Straight, G-AERS was first registered on January 20, 1937.

A number of these were used for experimental purposes, including the testing of various engines and, on the prototype, of auxiliary aerofoil flaps, the data gained proving beneficial to later Miles aircraft.

No new M.11 aircraft were supplied for military use, but a number were impressed for service as communications aircraft during World War II, their number including 23 for the RAF (21 in the UK and two in India), and three for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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Miles M 11 A Whitney Straight
Engine: De Havilland Gipsy Major, 130 hp
Length: 25.0 ft / 7.62 m
Height: 6.496 ft / 1.98 m
Wingspan: 35.663 ft / 10.87 m
Wing area: 186.971 sq.ft / 17.37 sq.m
Max take off weight: 1896.3 lb / 860.0 kg
Weight empty: 1274.5 lb / 578.0 kg
Max. speed: 153 kts / 283 km/h
Wing load: 10.25 lb/sq.ft / 50.0 kg/sq.m
Range: 495 nm / 917 km
Seats: 2

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Miles M.11 Whitney Straight

 

 

 


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