Miles M.2 Hawk Trainer

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M.2 Hawk Trainer
Miles M.2W Hawlk Trainer Yeadon 30.05.55.jpg
Miles M.2W Hawk Trainer G-ADWT racing at Leeds (Yeadon) airport in May 1955
Role Two-seat touring and racing monoplane
Manufacturer Miles Aircraft Limited
Designer Frederick George Miles
First flight 1935
Primary users Royal Air Force
Romanian Air Force
Number built 27
Developed from Miles Hawk Major
Variants Miles Magister

The Miles Hawk Trainer was a 1930s British two-seat training monoplane designed by Miles Aircraft Limited.

Design and development[edit]

The Miles Hawk Trainer was developed from the Hawk Major to meet a requirement to supplement the de Havilland Tiger Moth in the training role. The aircraft had dual controls, blind flying equipment and vacuum operated flaps. In 1937 the design was further developed to meet an Air Ministry specification for a trainer and became the M.14 Magister.


M.2W Hawk Trainer
Initial production version powered by a de Havilland Gipsy Major engine, four built.
M.2X Hawk Trainer
Improved version with a larger horn-balanced rudder, nine built.
M.2Y Hawk Trainer
M.2X with minor changes, 13 built.
  • Note that Hawk Trainer Mk II and Mk III were variants of the Miles Magister.


 United Kingdom


  • M.2W registered G-ADWT is still flyable and based in England

Specifications (M.2W)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: Two
  • Length: 24 ft 0 in ( m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 0 in ( m)
  • Height: 6 ft 8 in ( m)
  • Wing area: 176 ft2 ( m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,210 lb ( kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,720 lb ( kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Major, 130 hp ( kW)


  • Maximum speed: 150 mph (241 km/h)
  • Range: 400 miles (644 km)
  • Service ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,486 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,300 ft/min ( m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists


  • Amos, Peter. and Brown, Don Lambert. Miles Aircraft Since 1925, Volume 1. London: Putnam Aeronautical, 2000. ISBN 0-85177-787-2.
  • Brown, Don Lambert. Miles Aircraft Since 1925. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1970. ISBN 0-370-00127-3.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10014-X.