APRIL  1932

Volume 1 Number 1   (1 of 88)


This very first issue of Popular Flying magazine features the first ever publication of a “Biggles” story


The White Fokker



This issue runs from page 1 to page 64 (64 pages)



Editors Cockpit


Page 3 – Contents Page

(The co-author of Falcons of France has his name spelt wrongly here as “Woodhoff” when it should be “Nordhoff”)


Page 5 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(W. E. Johns first ever editorial for Popular Flying Magazine)


Page 7 – Aviation as a Career – Lord Wakefield of Hyde


Page 9 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Lt-Col. L. A. Strange


(This was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 2nd of 20 accounts)


Page 11 – More People are Flying – Sir Alan J. Cobham


Page 13 – Falcons of France – A Serial – Charles Nordhoff and J. N. Hall


Page 15 – Travel by Air – “Hannibal”


Page 17 – Flying Must be More Popular – Nigel Norman


The White Fokker


Page 19 – The White Fokker – William Earle

(This is the first ever Biggles story ever published anywhere and it continues on pages 60 and 62.

The illustrations are by Howard Leigh (John’s brother-in-law effectively).

William Earle was, of course, a pseudonym for W. E. Johns, his first names being William Earl (without the ‘e’ )

In August 1932 this story was published in the first Biggles book – “The Camels are Coming


Page 20 – Women and Air – The Hon. Mrs. Victor Bruce


Page 26 – Growing Up in Aviation – Joy Muntz


Page 30 – Your Great-Grandson’s Aeroplane – Beech-Screw

(Contains the quote “Oil may be getting scarce and dear by then”)


Pages 32 – 33 – Centre Page Photo Spread – British Flying Schools No. 1 Air Services Training


Page 34 – Howard Leigh illustration of The De Havilland “Four”


Page 36 – Why not 1,000 Miles an Hour? – Flt-Lieut. H. M. Schofield

(In 1931 the air speed record was 407.5 mph.  By 1956 man had flown at 1,132 mph and in 1976 the record was set at 2,194 mph – although the Space Shuttle re-enters earth’s atmosphere at some 17,500 mph!)


Page 40 – See the World from the Air


Page 42 – Told on the Tarmac – Officer of the Watch


Page 44 – Gliding – J.  R. Ashwell-Cooke


Page 46 – Fit to Fly – Dr. W. T. R. Chapman


Page 48 – Round the Clubs


Page 54 – Air Stamp and Flown Covers – Francis J. Field


Page 56 – Model Planes


Page 58 – Under the Wind Stocking – a space reserved for Readers’ Correspondence



Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is uncredited but is probably Howard Leigh