A magnificent obsession – G-ADWT
Tags: 1934, 1960s, Abingdon, aircraft, Aviation, Berlin Air Lift, Blackburn and General Aircraft Co. Ltd, Blackburn Beverley, CF-104, coal, G-ADWT, Germany, Gipsy Major engine, Great Vintage Flying Weekend, GVFWE, Handley Page Hastings, Handley Page Ltd, Hastings, Hullavington, Major 1C, Miles, Miles M.2W Hawk Trainer, No 47 Sqd, No. 3 Wing, Oxfordshire, Phillips & Powis, RAF, RCAF, Starfighter, undercarriage, Wiltshire, Zweibrucken
In 1934, the Phillips and Powis Aircraft Co. produced yet another of their brillant series of Miles designs – the M.2W Hawk Trainer. Powered by the popular Gipsy Major 1c engine, this aircraft had prominent ‘trousered’ undercarriage legs. The company had a history of producing streamlined designs which delivered sparkling performance on not too much horsepower. The aircraft has been through many hands including being owned by the private Flying Club of No. 47 Squadron, RAF at Abingdon, who had achieved an excellent record flying the Handley Page Hastings during the Berlin Airlift, (carrying mostly coal!) and were in the process of transitioning to the Blackburn Beverley. G-ADWT was owned in the 1960s by a member of No. 3 Wing, RCAF, stationed at Zweibrucken, Germany – this must have been a huge contrast for the pilots that flew her, for the wing was equipped at the time with CF-104 Starfighters!
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