Volume 1 Number 8  (8 of 88)


This issue of Popular Flying magazine was the first to NOT features a “Biggles” story


Biggles next features in the January 1933 issue



This issue runs from page 425 to page 480 (56 pages)


Page 426 – Contents Page


Page 429 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Aviation Bogies and Bunkum – a box at the end informs readers that next issue with be a Special Christmas Double Number “if you think you are going to get all this for 6d – well, it’s just too bad.  The Xmas number will cost you 1/- and you will agree that it is the best aviation shillingsworth ever offered.  Don’t blame me if you can’t get a copy”)




Page 431 – A Flying Start – A Complete Story – William Earle

(This is a “non-Biggles” story by W. E. Johns using his usual Popular Flying alias.

The artist who did the illustrations for the story is uncredited).


Page 434 – Airports of the Future – John Dower


Page 436 – How Record Flights are Planned – Ivor McLure


Page 434Page 437 – My Most Thrilling Flight – A. G. D. Alderson

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 9th of 20 accounts)


Page 439 – Kidbrooke – The Temple of Truth – L. G. Callingham

(This article is about No. 1 Stores Depot, Kidbrooke, which “is the great Royal Air Force Station near London, where all equipment is tested before it is passed for Service”)


Page 442 – The Monkey-Face Brothers – A Long Complete Story – Wilfred Tremellen


Page 445 – Planes of History – The Nieuport XXIII Scout


Page 446 – Hello! New York


Page 447 – Ticket to Shanklin!


Page 448 – When Knights Were Bold!


Page 451 - Knights of the Air – Lieutenant Thieffry and the Belgian Aces

(In the centre of this page is a poem called “The Guardian Angel” by A. R. Leathley)




Pages 452 and 453 - The Centre Pages – an illustration by F. L. Westley – “The Grand Parade”


Page 455 – Falcons of France – A Thrilling Serial of War in the Air – Charles Nordhoff and J. N. Hall


Page 457 – A full page advert for the Christmas edition of POPULAR FLYING


Page 460 – Motor Mutterings – “Janus”


Page 464 – Build your own Model Airport – H. B. Pratt




Page 465 – Skybirds Open Competition

(This advert contains the first reference I have found in Popular Flying to “Capt.” W. E. Johns.  Together with

Sir Alan Cobham, they are to be the Judges in this realistic model aircraft and model surroundings competition)


Page 466 – Way Down East!


Page 468 – Did You Know? – A Collection of Interesting Aeronautical Facts


Page 470 – Told on the Tarmac


Page 472 – Round the Schools and Clubs




Page 476 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(One of the books reviewed here is “The Camels are Coming” by W. E. Johns – the first “Biggles” book.

I wonder if this explains the absence of Biggles for a three month period in the magazine?  Readers missing Biggles stories would hopefully buy the book.  If you were getting the stories for “free” in the magazine, then why buy the book?)


Page 478 – Air Post Stamps – New Catalogues and Prices – Francis J. Field


Page 480 – The Buyers’ Log

(Now reduced to only half a page)


Inside the back cover there is the usual John Hamilton advert – this time for 15 of their books with a special section on “Books by W. E. Johns” – advertised here are Wings: Flying Adventures, Fighting Planes and Aces, The Pictorial Flying Course and for the first time “The Camels are Coming by W. E. Johns (William Earle)” for 7 shillings and 6d plus 6d postage. Again the advert states that back issues of the first two issues of Popular Flying Magazine are available “price 8d per copy, post free” but even though this is the 8th issue it is still only the first two referred to as being available.


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