London's Hangar 6 will be closed 21 September while we update this exhibition.

Miles Hawk Major

Miles Hawk Major

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© Michael Turner

Competing in the 1935 King’s Cup race in a Miles Hawk Major, the aircraft suffered a total engine failure over the Irish Sea. Alex ditched the powerless aircraft close to a passing steamship. Thrown from the cockpit by the impact with the water, he took a ducking, but the ‘Ramsey Queen’ quickly lowered a boat which rescued him just before the wreckage sank.