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MatthewC, e-mail, 17.10.2020 17:24

In fact there were at least two more. ABPIC.co.uk has a number of pictures showing that four arrived in 1959/60 and also included G-AMHT/XA274 (all silver, no code) and G-AMGR/XA269 "P". XA261 was "B" and XA252 was "M". The Miles book by Don Brown (Putnam) also says that Miles bought XA275 in 1959. They all seem to have been scrapped in 1962-64.


MatthewC, e-mail, 17.10.2020 16:43

The two Marathons at Shoreham in 1960-62 were XA252/G-ALVY and XA261/G-AMER. They were bought back from the RAF by F. G. Miles with a view to commercial use but were eventually scrapped without being used.


Alan Peacock, e-mail, 16.02.2018 12:17

I watched its first flight at Woodlet Aerodrome


Bill Zealey, e-mail, 22.05.2017 10:14

Flew Luton-Jersey on one in the late 50's I think. Waited on grass in a marquee..pilot got our and loaded our lugage. We flew fairly low to the coast and out over the sea. I was in the cockpit for almost all of the flight.Great childhood experience.


Brian Melmoth, e-mail, 15.03.2016 09:16

I remember the Handley Page Marathon at Shoreham when , as an N C O we were flying Chipmunks in the Air Training Corps , it was May 1963 , the aircraft was in a rather sorry condition, the propellers had been removed , no engines? l don't ,remember,l did take some photographs of the aircraft , but my late mother donated all my aircraft books and photograph albums to 461 Chichester Squadron when l came to South Africa 1976.


Kenneth Newman, e-mail, 11.12.2014 09:44

my email: womble.ken@gmail.com Ken


Kenneth Newman, e-mail, 11.12.2014 09:42

I took a colour photo of the one at Shoreham should anyone want a copy (sorry but I don't know how to put it on the web). Like Shaun I would also love to know the reg.


George Stringer, e-mail, 22.06.2014 22:14

Miles M.60 Marathon.
Good aircraft for the time, I worked on all three of Derby Airways aircraft. the first two I help to rewire them with Pren cable (Rest's) as it was wrong type used.


John Barker, e-mail, 23.02.2014 11:57

I served at RAF Thorney Island from late 1951 to June 1956. was an NCO on the Radio Servicing Flight when the Marathons arrived.On arrival the planes were not usable as there was very loud background noise on the radio and the intercomm when the engines were running . I diagnosed that the problem was poor contact between the screening on the ignition harnesses and the airframe.The engine fitters were not pleased that they had undo all the cable clamps and clean the contact to the airframe.


Shaun Virgo, e-mail, 02.07.2013 22:19

I recall a Marathon with RAF markings parked at Shoreham during the period that Beagle were building their 206x there, early sixties?
Does anyone recall this or know what happened to the aircraft?


Shaun Virgo, e-mail, 02.07.2013 22:18

I recall a Marathon with RAF markings parked at Shoreham during the period that Beagle were building their 206x there, early sixties?
Does anyone recall this or know what happened to the aircraft?


A Morrell, 12.03.2012 23:08

Remember seeing this aircraft at Burnaston airport (now Toyota factory) Derby I think Derby Av had two or three scrapped around 1965?


John Albury, e-mail, 09.11.2011 15:50

Remember seeing one @ Luton airport around 1960/61, belonging to Derby Airways.


j.webster, e-mail, 29.09.2011 18:49

Flew in this aircraft at Thorney Island 1955. Squadron recorded on the unit board at the church. Asked any retired airman of the period and many have never heard of the aircraft.


Reg Hill, e-mail, 26.12.2010 20:08

I was posted to RAF Thorney Island in January 1956 and worked on this M60 Till Vampires & Meteor 14s took over 58-59 I found it a easy Aircraft to work on I do not rember sand bags


Geoff Meggs, e-mail, 23.10.2010 21:00

Flew this aircraft from RAF Thorney Island 1954. It had 4 Tiger Moth engines but was a poor flyer. Had to carry Sand bags up front to maintain balance...


Oliver Bandmann, e-mail, 05.10.2010 14:27

Sadly uncommented, so here a short take: as a kid in BKK saw the Marathon (rather small for four engines!) come into the old Don Muang Airport from Rangoon in the early Fifties, in Burmese livery.
Never managed to fly on this rarity but also saw it at Rangoon's Mingaladon Airport




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