JULY  1932

Volume 1 Number 4  (4 of 88)


This issue of Popular Flying magazine features the “Biggles” story


The Balloonatics



This issue runs from page 193 to page 256 (64 pages)


Inside the front cover there is an advert for Rolls-Royce aero engines


Page 197 – Contents Page

(At the bottom of this page there is a note “The Editor begs to inform readers that the characters in the story are purely imaginary and that no reference applies to any living person”)


Page 200 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(This includes a highly amusing account of Johns views on Amercian films about flying in the First World War)


Page 202 – The Careless Loop – John Templer


Page 205 – Interceptor Versus Bomber – Major Oliver Stewart


Page 207 – Service Equipment


Page 208 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Flight-Lieut T. E. W. Browne

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 5th of 20 accounts.

Stuck onto Page 209 is a separate blue sheet of paper which is a subscription form for the magazine).


Page 211 -  Knights of the Air : Major Edward (Micky) Mannock VC, DSO, MC


Page 212 – Aviation in the Dominions


Page 217 – Women and Air – Hon. Mrs. Victor Bruce


Page 222 – Royal Air Force Units (showing stations, equipment and markings)




The Centre Pages are unnumbered – facing Page 224 is Planes of History – The S.E. 5 – a Howard Leigh Illustration

And the Centre Page Photo Spread is ‘Birds of a Feather ….!’ Painted by W. E. Johns himself.  On Page 250 a small advert states that “a limited number of special copies of the colour place which appears in the centre of this month’s issue may be obtained from the publishers at the price of 1/9 per copy including packing and postage”.


Page 225 – The Race for the King’s Cup


Page 226 – The King’s Cup :  A Play by William Shakespeare – Edited by I. H. Muntz


Pages 230 and 231 – British Flying Schools No. 4 Brooklands School of Flying


Page 232 – Told on the Tarmac


Page 232 – Round the Schools and Clubs


Page 235 – Entered for the King’s Cup




Page 240 – The Balloonatics: A “Biggles” Story – William Earle

This Biggles story continues on pages 241, 248, 249 and 250.

The illustrations are by Howard Leigh and this one is the first ever illustration of “Biggles”.

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 243 – The Motoring Airman


Page 244 – Falcons of France – A Thrilling Serial of War in the Air – Charles Nordhoff and J. N. Hall


Page 246 – Air Mail Stamps – T. S. Denham


Page 252 – The World’s Mail ‘Planes – The Fokker F.11 and F.111 – Alec Davies


Page 253 – Travel by Air – Captain Charles Ward


Page 253 – The Buyers’ Log – Aircraft for Sale – Where to Fly – Opportunities


Page 256 – Under the Wind Stocking – Readers’ Correspondence

(There is a box at the foot of this page stating that “Popular Flying is published on the 20th of every month”)


Inside the back cover there is a John Hamilton advert for The Pictorial Flying Course by H. M. Schofield and W. E. Johns and for back issues of the first two issues of Popular Flying Magazine “price 8d per copy, post free”.


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