Phillips and Powis Aircraft
Aircraft manufacturers, of Woodley Airfield, Reading
The Hawk was faster, cheaper, and easier to fly than the De Havilland Moth, previously the most popular private plane.
Following the success of the Hawk, Frederick and Blossom Miles joined Phillips and Powis; Frederick Miles became technical director and chief designer.
1933 (Flying School) - Managing Director: C. O. Powis. Instructors: C. W. Croxford and J. F. Lawn. Aircraft: D.H. Moths. Aerodrome: Woodley, Reading.
1934 The company concentrated on light aircraft; in October a Falcon broke the light aeroplane record for the journey from Australia to England.
1935 The firm had a number of successes in the King's Cup air race
1935 Public company incorporated with financial support from Rolls-Royce Ltd.
1936 Colonel Charles Lindbergh asked Miles to build him a fast, long range, light aeroplane for European business trips. This became the Mohawk, first flown in 1937.
1936 Began producing training airplanes for the Air Ministry; the Magister (a development of the Hawk) remained a standard trainer for the RAF throughout the Second World War with more than 1200 built.
1937 Aircraft manufacturers. "Falcon" Aircraft. "Hawk" Aircraft. "Night Hawk" Aircraft. "Sparrowhawk" Aircraft. F. G. Miles became managing director.
1938 £2 million order for the Miles Master from the Air Ministry, more than 3000 produced in total.
1943 the firm became Miles Aircraft Ltd.
For a list of aircraft designed by the Miles brothers see Production of Miles aircraft
Sources of Information
- Flight, 28 August 1976
- 1933 Who's Who in British Aviation
- The Times, Apr 30, 1941