Names on the buses

726 George Miles

Connections with Brighton and Hove : George Miles and his brother Fred was the leading members of a family remarkable in aviation history. Born in Portslade, they were real Sussex men and many of their business ventures were at Shoreham. Fred, the elder brother, was born in 1903 and built his first plane at home in Portslade. Later he moved to Shoreham Airport and set up the Southern Aircraft Company to built Martlet biplanes. George, born in 1911, joined him on leaving school and, as new types of aircraft multiplied, acted as engine manager and test pilot. Among their most successful planes was the Hawk, a monoplane. Eventually the brothers formed Miles Aircraft with George as the chief designer. Their expertise was much in demand during the Second World War. But the company collapsed and the brothers went their separate ways before coming together again at Shoreham. They were famed for the Beagle light airplanes but the firm producing them also folded. The brothers were modest men but their engineering knowledge and enterprise was vital for Britain in the aviation industry. Fred Miles died aged 73 and George lived on to be 88.

726 Scania Omnicity - carried name since delivery in June 2009 om Metro 5. Metro 5 branding removed November 2013. Repainted into Route 2 livery March 2014. Route 2 branding removed June 2017. Bus sold in May 2018.