Miller JM-2

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Role Homebuilt air racer
National origin United States
Manufacturer JW Miller Aviation
Designer Jim W Miller
Status Production completed
Variants Miller-Bohannon JM-2 Pushy Galore

The Miller JM-2 was an American Formula One Air Racing homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Jim W Miller and produced by JW Miller Aviation of Marble Falls, Texas. When it was available the aircraft was supplied in the form of plans for amateur construction.[1]

Design and development[edit]

Miller opted for an unorthodox configuration in developing a racing aircraft that would be as fast as possible on 100 hp (75 kW). The JM-2 features a cantilever mid-wing, a single-seat enclosed open cockpit under a bubble canopy, tricycle landing gear with fixed main wheels and a retractable nose wheel, and a single engine in pusher configuration, mounted within a fan shroud, with the spinner acting as the aircraft's tailcone. The fan shroud structure provides a place to mount the rudders and the tailplane is mounted high in T-tail configuration as an extension of the shroud. There is a small canard surface mounted on the nose.[1][2]

The aircraft is of mixed construction, with the fuselage made from four fiberglass panels and the 15.0 ft (4.6 m) span wing covered in fiberglass and resin-reinforced honeycomb material. As required by the Formula One rules, the engine used was a 100 hp (75 kW) Continental O-200B powerplant, the "B" being the pusher-configured version of the engine.[1]

The JM-2 has an empty weight of 630 lb (290 kg) and a gross weight of 1,100 lb (500 kg), giving a useful load of 470 lb (210 kg). With full fuel of 12 U.S. gallons (45 L; 10.0 imp gal) the payload is 398 lb (181 kg).[1]

The JM-2 was further developed into the one-of-a-kind racing aircraft, the Miller-Bohannon JM-2 Pushy Galore.[3]

Operational history[edit]

By October 2013 three examples had been registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration including the sole Miller-Bohannon JM-2 Pushy Galore. None of the aircraft remains registered.[4]

One of the two stock JM-2s built was destroyed while racing in the Reno Air Races at Reno, Nevada on 15 September 1989, when it flew though a dust devil and broke up in flight, killing the pilot.[5][6]

Specifications (JM-2)[edit]

Data from Plane and Pilot[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 19 ft 0 in (5.79 m)
  • Wingspan: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
  • Empty weight: 630 lb (286 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,100 lb (499 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 12 U.S. gallons (45 L; 10.0 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-200B four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
  • Propellers: 4-bladed fan mounted in a ducted shroud


  • Maximum speed: 235 mph (378 km/h; 204 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 190 mph (306 km/h; 165 kn)
  • Stall speed: 70 mph (113 km/h; 61 kn)
  • Range: 300 mi (261 nmi; 483 km)
  • Rate of climb: 1,600 ft/min (8.1 m/s)


  1. ^ a b c d e Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 147. Werner & Werner Corp, Santa Monica CA, 1977. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
  2. ^ "American airplanes: Mi - Mu". Aerofiles. 2001-02-04. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Miller-Bohannon JM-2 Pushy Galore". Airventure Museum. 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (13 October 2013). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (13 October 2013). "N-Number Inquiry Results - N74M". Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  6. ^ National Transportation Safety Board (26 June 1992). "Brief of Accident" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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