Those Magnificent Miles Flying Machines


When three Bristol Boxkite replicas were needed at short notice for the filming of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, asking George Miles in a Christmas card turned out to be the ideal answer. One, of course, still flies with the Shuttleworth Collection — but what of the other two?

A sight familiar to visitors to Shuttleworth Collection events 55 years after the release of ‘Mag Men’. The Boxkite wore race number 7 for the film.
George Miles preparing for a test flight of the first Boxkite replica. This photograph is dated 11 May 1964.

“It had to be treated virtually as a new aircraft. The stress and performance calculations were made from scratch”

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