Miles Mentor

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M.16 Mentor
Miles m16 mentor.jpg
Role Training and Communications
Manufacturer Miles Aircraft Limited
First flight 5 January 1938
Introduction 1938
Retired 1950
Status Retired or Destroyed
Primary user Royal Air Force
Number built 45
Developed from Miles M.7 Nighthawk

The Miles M.16 Mentor was a 1930s British single-engined three-seat monoplane training and communications aircraft built by Miles Aircraft Limited.

Design and development[edit]

The Mentor was developed from the Miles M.7 Nighthawk to meet the Air Ministry Specification 38/37 for a three-seat cabin monoplane for use in a communications role. The requirement asked for the aircraft to be able to carry out instrument and radio training in day or night.

Operational history[edit]

The first prototype (Serial L4392) first flew on 5 January 1938. An order for 45 aircraft was received and they were all delivered to the Royal Air Force between April 1938 and February 1939. They were mainly used by No. 24 Squadron and by RAF station flights.[1]

Only one aircraft survived the Second World War, Serial L4420 was sold for civilian use in May 1946 as G-AHKM. It crashed on 1 April 1950 at Clayhidon, Devon and was destroyed.

Operators[edit]

 United Kingdom

Specifications (Mentor)[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 26 ft 1.75 in (7.9693 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 9.5 in (10.605 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 8 in (2.95 m)
  • Wing area: 181 sq ft (16.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,978 lb (897 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,710 lb (1,229 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Six 6-cyl. inverted air-cooled in-line piston engine, 200 hp (150 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 156 mph (251 km/h; 136 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 13,800 ft (4,200 m)
  • Rate of climb: 780 ft/min (4.0 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 15 lb/sq ft (73 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Halley, 1993, p. 43
  2. ^ Brown, Don L. (1970). Miles Aircraft since 1925. London: Putnam & Company. ISBN 0 370 00127 3. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Brown, Don L. (1970). Miles Aircraft since 1925. London: Putnam & Company. ISBN 0 370 00127 3. 
  • 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.
  • Halley, J.J. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. 1993. ISBN 0-85130-208-4.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
  • Jackson, A.J. British Civil Aircraft since 1919. London: Putnam, 1974. ISBN 0-370-10014-X.
  • Swanborough, Gordon. British Aircraft at War, 1939-1945. East Sussex, UK: HPC Publishing, 1997. ISBN 0-9531421-0-8.

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