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Miles M-65 Gemini 1A

For Sale in England

Registration

G-AKHP  
Year of construction 1947  
Country England
City/Aerodrome North Coates

Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale Miles M-65 Gemini 1A for sale
Description Miles M65 Gemini 1A 1947

* Might consider trade *

One of three or four currently flying in the world, this is a much loved and well sorted example of a historically significant and interesting type. It is also a really useful vintage tourer. Miles aircraft were rightly renowned for their excellent performance and the Gemini will cruise between 120 and 130mph with a range of over six hours, but it will get in and out of very short fields - you come over the hedge at just 60mph thanks to the enormous and very effective flaps which add to the wing area when retracted.

The cabin is roomy and the visibility is excellent, but most important, the aircraft is simply wonderful to fly. It is extremely responsive without being unstable and there are no cables anywhere in the aircraft; all the movable surfaces are connected via rods and bellcranks which gives a real feeling of connection to the controls. A relatively rare period style disc brake conversion is also fitted which means you can steer with confidence on a crowded ramp and deal more easily with crosswinds.

This particular Gemini started life as a demonstrator with Miles and has had relatively few owners since. It is also relatively low time - about 1500 hours in nearly 70 years. I have operated the aircraft for the last nine of them, during which time almost everything mechanical has been overhauled. This includes both Blackburn Cirrus Minor engines, which have run for a little under 100 hours since, and all the ancillaries including all four magnetos, both starter motors and the generator, which has also been uprated. Both carburettors were replaced with new old stock items to the most recent mod state.

The complete centre section and entire tail (stabiliser and both fins) were all overhauled and re-glued with modern adhesives in the late 1980s and there is a photographic record which documents this. Flaps were rebuilt about three years ago.

A large amount of significant and useful spares will go with the aircraft. This includes a large quantity of engine spares including crankcases, crankshafts and a number of cylinders which are usable or good enough to be overhauled, a freshly overhauled magneto, spare freshly overhauled undercarriage actuator motor plus enough parts to assemble another, undercarriage oleos, tail gear parts, cowlings, wheels and brake parts etc. There is also a complete set of fuselage and wing covers.

Operation of an aircraft like this is now much easier under the LAA permit system and I was responsible for much of the work which saw the transfer of the Gemini as a type to the LAA. The engineer who has carried out much of the overhaul and maintenance work - and who knows the aircraft extremely well - is happy to stay involved and either assist the new owner or their engineer. He is also an LAA inspector which makes everything easier still. I have all the logs back to the day it left the Miles factory in Woodley and an original pilots operating manual, plus all the usual maintenance and operational literature. Current permit, recently overhauled magnetos and generator.

I have travelled all over Europe in unique style in AKHP and I will be extremely sorry indeed to see him go, but I now have too many projects and not enough time to progress or enjoy them all. As somebody once said, you can only fly one aircraft at a time.
Airplane time state Airframe 1530H
Engines 130/40H since overhaul.
Interior Good
Exterior Good
Avionics 2x VHF, Transponder Mode C, VOR, intercom.
Options Disc brakes
Remarks Will trade for single engined aircaft, interesting or dull...
Price € 37.500  VAT free >> Convert currency
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This Miles M-65 Gemini 1A is offered for sale by
Mark Hales
Conisholme, England
Phone +447860757878
Web markhales.com
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