Academic journal article Air Power History

History Mystery

Academic journal article Air Power History

History Mystery

Article excerpt

The readers of Air Power History know their airplanes. Once again, readers correctly identified last issue's "What Is It?" flying machine. We received nineteen postcard entries from readers. No one guessed it wrong, but one entrant was disqualified for omitting a telephone number (see "rules" below).

Our Spring 2004 mystery aircraft was Britain's Miles M.27 Master training plane, used during World War II for advanced pilot instruction and as a glider tug. Our follow-up photo, by Robert A. Hadley, shows a Master Mk. III (serial DM112) shooting a landing at the American airfield at Glatton, Connington, Hunts. (Royal Air Force station 130) in England in 1944, with the instructor eyeing his student carefully.

Frequent contributor Earl Lock of Tallmadge, Ohio, pointed out that the ubiquitous Master used various engines. The Mk. I was powered by a Rolls-Royce Kestrel, the Mk. II by an 835-hp. Bristol Mercury XX, and the Mk. III by a 745-hp. Pratt & Whitney R-1535 Twin Wasp Junior.

The Master Mk. III had a wingspan of 35 ft. 9 in., a gross weight of 5,400 lb., and a maximum speed of 214 m.p.h.

The Master was a familiar sight at Royal Air Force training bases during the war years and immediately after the war.

Eighteen readers in three countries sent postcard entries in Air Power History's plane-spotting readers. None was completely wrong, but several were vague as to which version of the Miles trainer was shown. …

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