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    Miles M.75 Aries

    Here's an aircraft I had forgotten about and certainly never seen. The Aries was a Gemini fitted with two 155 HP Blackburn Cirrus Major III engines. Only two were built and they were registered G-AMDJ and G-AOGA. The first was exported and became VH-FAV.

    Has anyone got photos of either aircraft showing the differences from a 'standard' Gemini and have they both expired?

    http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/miles_m-65.php

    Another search answered one question, a photo of VH-FAV showing the larger fin and rudder.

    http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac...cl/VH-FAV.html
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    The structure was strenghthened to meet the improved engine performance,and had re-designed tail surfaces to increase directional stability during single engine flying( Fins/rudders were taller). The climb rate was much improved 1.300 ft/min(1A series 650 ft/min). There is a picture of G-AOGA in "British Civil Aircraft since 1919" A.J.Jackson.

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    The only other difference was enlarged air intakes for the new nacelles of the Blackburn engines. "Miles Aircraft" by Rod Simpson has a couple of good photo's of G-35-1 and G-AOGA at White Waltham. The Miles Museum at Woodley would have lots of information, as they also produce a private Miles newsletter full of archive material.

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    Found this : Aries M.75 75/1002 G-AMDJ Untraced VH-FAV G-35-1 # Prototype Aries; *

    Aries 1 M.75 75/1007 G-AOGA Stored Dublin Eire 1993 EI-ANB Known History: On 8 August 1969 the aircraft was reported damaged. Circa 1980 noted with Russell Winn, Kilbrittain Castle, Cork. Donated by Mrs Winn to IAM, Dublin in 1984 after the death of Russell Winn. Noted arrived at IAM, Dublin in January 1984. July 1993, noted still with Irish Aviation Museum, Dublin. (stored off site). YES

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-21 View Post
    Found this : Aries M.75 75/1002 G-AMDJ Untraced VH-FAV G-35-1 # Prototype Aries; *

    Aries 1 M.75 75/1007 G-AOGA Stored Dublin Eire 1993 EI-ANB Known History: On 8 August 1969 the aircraft was reported damaged. Circa 1980 noted with Russell Winn, Kilbrittain Castle, Cork. Donated by Mrs Winn to IAM, Dublin in 1984 after the death of Russell Winn. Noted arrived at IAM, Dublin in January 1984. July 1993, noted still with Irish Aviation Museum, Dublin. (stored off site). YES
    I got to know Russell Winn quite well as he was a regular visitor to Shoreham in the 1960s/70s, having a close relative or relatives living nearby.

    At one time he owned four Miles twins, G-AKGE, 'LCS & 'LZG Geminis as well as G-AOGA the Aries, some of which were badly damaged in a hangar collapse at the Kilbrittain Castle airstrip. Photos below show a couple of the Aries, the second of which was not taken by me but is believed to be an old one and possibly at Biggin Hill prior to his ownership, plus two of the Geminis.

    I was lucky enough to have a flight with him in 'LZG at the 1975 PFA Rally at Sywell, but sadly this was the aircraft he subsequently lost his life in (in Ireland as EI-BHJ), when it crashed as a result of a structural failure of the tailplane.

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