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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204484
Last updated: 10 November 2019
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Date:22-JAN-1936
Time:day
Type:Miles M.7 Nighthawk
Owner/operator:Phillips & Powis Aircraft (Reading) Ltd
Registration: G-ADXA
C/n / msn: 263
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Stanlake Park, Twyford, Berkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Woodley Aerodrome, near Reading, Berkshire
Destination airport:Woodley Aerodrome, near Reading, Berkshire
Narrative:
The Miles M.7 Nighthawk was developed from the Miles Falcon Six, intended as a training and communications aircraft. The prototype, registered G-ADXA (C of R 6468) on 7.11.35, was first flown 26.10.35 with "Class B" markings as "U-5". It was a low-wing monoplane powered by a 200 hp (149 kW) de Havilland Gipsy Six piston engine.

G-ADXA was the prototype M.7 Nighthawk, which crashed and was destroyed during spinning trials at Stanlake Park, Twyford, Berkshire on 22.1.37 when it failed to recover from an intentional spin. The pilot - Wing Commander Frederick William Stent MC - baled out, being one of (if not THE) first pilots to bale out of an aircraft with an enclosed cockpit. For this achievement, he was awarded membership of the "Caterpillar Club" by the Irvin Parachute Company Ltd. Despite this setback, four production aircraft followed.

Registration G-ADXA cancelled 2.3.36 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad
2. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ADXA.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A8.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Nighthawk
5. Fallen Eagles: Airmen Who Survived The Great War Only to Die in Peacetime By Norman Franks
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accmisc.htm


Revision history:

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15-Jan-2018 17:40 Dr. John Smith Added

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