|Miles M.7A Nighthawk wearing racing colours at Wolverhampton (Pendeford) Airport in May 1953|
|Role||Four-seat training monoplane|
|Manufacturer||Miles Aircraft Limited|
|First flight||18 December 1935|
|Primary users||Royal Romanian Air Force|
Royal Air Force
|Developed from||Miles M.3B Falcon Six|
|Variants||Miles M.16 Mentor|
Design and development
The M.7 Nighthawk was developed from the Miles Falcon Six intended as a training and communications aircraft. The prototype, registered G-ADXA, was first flown in 1935, it was a low-wing monoplane powered by a 200 hp (149 kW) de Havilland Gipsy Six piston engine. The prototype crashed during spinning trials at Woodley Aerodrome in January 1937. Four production aircraft followed.
The design was modified to meet an Air Ministry specification and produced as the M.16 Mentor. In 1944 a Nighthawk fuselage was fitted with the wings from a Mohawk and fitted with a 205 hp (153 kW) de Havilland Gipsy Six Series II engine with a variable pitch airscrew. It was designated the M.7A Nighthawk. The last Nighthawk to remain airworthy was G-AGWT in the early 1960s. This aircraft was raced in many postwar UK air competitions, but is no longer extant.
Two aircraft were delivered to the Royal Romanian Air Force in 1936 and one was delivered to the Royal Air Force in May 1937 with serial number L6846. It was used as a VIP transport by No. 24 Squadron RAF.
- Production version with a 200 hp (149 kW) de Havilland Gipsy Six piston engine, five built.
- Hybrid version with Nighthawk fuselage and wings from a Mohawk and powered by a 205 hp (153 kW) de Havilland Gipsy Six Series II engine, one built.
Data from British Civil Aircraft 1919-1972:Volume III 
- Crew: One
- Length: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
- Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
- Empty weight: 1,650 lb (750 kg)
- Gross weight: 2,400 lb (1,090 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Six piston engine, 200 hp (149 kW)
- Maximum speed: 175 mph (282 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)
- Service ceiling: 23,000 ft (7,010 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
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