TM3195 : 1939 Miles M14A Hawk Trainer III (Magister)

taken 4 years ago, near to Thwaite st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

1939 Miles M14A Hawk Trainer III (Magister)
1939 Miles M14A Hawk Trainer III (Magister)
Parked at Seeting airfield on the Charity Air Day. Following the success of the civil Miles Hawk trainer in the mid-1930s, the Air Ministry issued a specification for the development of a variant to serve as an elementary trainer for the RAF. Design changes included the provision of larger cockpits and blind-flying equipment. Designated the Miles M14 Magister, the aircraft first flew in May 1937 with production starting shortly thereafter and entry to service beginning in October of that year. When war was declared in September 1939, over 700 Magisters had entered service. Ultimately, no fewer that 16 RAF Elementary Flying Schools were equipped with the aircraft.

Once part of the world-renowned Strathallan Aircraft Collection, this particular aircraft was the only exhibit retained by the proprietor, Sir William Roberts, following the Collection's dispersal in 1981. Introduced in 1937, the M14 featured an open cockpit and a plywood covered spruce airframe, and was powered by the de Havilland Gypsy Major I four-cylinder inline engine. The aircraft shown here in June 1946 was owned by Weston Aero Club Ltd of Weston-Super-Mare and from November of that same year by Home Counties Aero Club of Radlett Aerodrome, Hertfordshire. Its next owner was Loch Leven Aero Club followed by McDonald Aircraft Ltd, which acquired it in March 1948. The next owner was Stewart Henderson of Burghmuir, who kept it from April 1951 to June 1964 and then ownership passed to James Russell of Aberdeen. Sir William Roberts acquired the aircraft in January 1976 and fully restored it. It was one of the static aircraft displays at Seething.
Seething Charity Air Day
A Charity Air Day is organised every year with the aim to raise as much money as possible for chosen charities, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and East Anglia's Children's Hospice and to provide a platform for local charitable organisations on which to promote their cause. It is also a good day out for young and old. The Seething Control Tower Museum, housed in the restored Second World Ward watch office, is also open to visitors.
Seething Airfield
Built by John Laing & Sons in 1942/43 to the standard Class A requirement for heavy bombers, Seething airfield was initially known as RAF 258 Seething. After the arrival of the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy) it became USAAF Station 146.

After the last Americans had left in June/July 1945, the airfield was used for storing bombs and munitions. In 1947, part of the buildings on the Hospital site were converted into temporary dwellings and most of the land was returned to agriculture. The eastern section, including part of the main runway, is currently Seething Airfield, home to the Waveney Flying Group. The former Control tower has since been restored and now houses a memorial museum. The Seething Control Tower Museum is open on the first Sunday of the month from May to October. LinkExternal link.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 September, 2015
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3194 9567 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.5726N 1:24.9894E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3196 9564
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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