Miles Peregrine

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M.8 Peregrine
Miles Peregrine.jpg
Miles Peregrine in flight with retractable undercarriage lowered. Flight- 21 January 1937.
Role Light transport monoplane
Manufacturer Miles Aircraft Limited
First flight 12 September 1936
Primary user Royal Aircraft Establishment
Number built 2

The Miles M.8 Peregrine was a 1930s British twin-engined light transport monoplane designed by Miles Aircraft Limited.

Design and development[edit]

The M.8 Peregrine was the first twin-engined aircraft developed by Miles Aircraft. It was a low-wing monoplane with retractable tailwheel undercarriage. Powered by two 205 hp de Havilland Gipsy Six II engines it had accommodation for two crew and six passengers. The prototype was built at Woodley and first flown there on 12 September 1936. It was entered into the Schlesinger Race between England and Johannesburg but was not ready on time and had been dismantled by late 1937. The aircraft performed well but due to the Woodley factory pre-occupied with building the Miles Magister military trainer the aircraft did not enter production. One further example was built with two 290 hp (216 kW) Menasco Buccaneer B6S engines for the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

Operational history[edit]

One aircraft was delivered to the Royal Aircraft Establishment, as serial L6346, for boundary layer trials and use as a flying laboratory.


 United Kingdom

Specifications (M.8 Prototype)[edit]

Data from British Civil Aircraft 1919-1972:Volume III [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: Six passengers
  • Length: 32 ft 0 in (9.56 m)
  • Wingspan: 46 ft 0 in (14.02 m)
  • Empty weight: 3,000 lb (1,363 kg)
  • Gross weight: 5,200 lb (2,360 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × de Havilland Gipsy Six series II piston engine, 205 hp (153 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 188 mph (303 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 164 mph (264 km/h)



  1. ^ Jackson 1988, p.266.


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