Miles Student

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M.100 Student
Miles M-100 Student at Duxford c.1985
Role Trainer
Manufacturer Miles Aircraft
Designer F.G. and G.H. Miles
First flight 15 May 1957
Status preserved in a UK museum
Primary user Royal Air Force (intended)
Number built 1

The Miles M.100 Student was built as a lightweight trainer as a private venture by F.G. and George Miles with development started in 1953. Although not specifically a Miles product, it was promoted as a British Royal Air Force trainer but failed to enter production.

Design and development[edit]

The Miles Student at Coventry airport in 1961 when owned by F.G. Miles Engineering

Building on the company's experience with the M.77 "Sparrowjet", the M.100 Student was a two-seat, side-by-side, all-metal jet trainer. The M.100 prototype was powered by a 400 kgf (882 lb) thrust Turbomeca Marbore turbojet and flew for the first time on 15 May 1957. Miles had hoped to secure an RAF order, but the contract went to the Jet Provost. The Student was proposed for several training programmes, but without success.

G-APLK, the sole aircraft, was allocated XS941 when developed in the Mark 2 version as a prospective Counter-insurgency type. It was tested by the Royal Air Force but was not accepted. Therefore, in its M.100 Student 2 guise, it also did not go into production.

The M.100 Student 2 with registration G-MIOO is under restoration at the Museum of Berkshire Aviation where the airframe is displayed in a cutaway.

The Centurion 3, 4 and 5 were planned variants with the RB.108, Gourdon and Arbizon engines respectively.[1][2]

Specifications (M.100 Student)[edit]

Data from Jet Age:The Miles Sparrowjet and Student[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 2 in (8.89 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
  • Wing area: 144 sq ft (13.4 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,900 lb (1,769 kg) (with tip tanks)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Blackburn-built Turboméca Marboré turbojet, 880 lbf (3.9 kN) thrust


  • Maximum speed: 298 mph (480 km/h; 259 kn) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Range: 620 mi (539 nmi; 998 km) with tip tanks
  • Time to altitude: 6.8 minutes to 10,000 ft (3,050 m)[4]

See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ Flight 30 August 1957 p316
  2. ^ Flight 30 August 1957 p369
  3. ^ Henley Air Enthusiast May/June 1997, p. 63.
  4. ^ Flight 29 August 1958, p. 381.

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