Volume 1 Number 9 (9 of 88)
This was a special enlarged issue for Christmas costing 1 shilling rather than the usual price of 6d (remembering that there were 12 pence
to the shilling in pre-decimal currency and 6 pence was expressed as “6d”. This issue was therefore twice the normal price).
This issue of Popular Flying magazine does NOT features a “Biggles” story
Biggles next features in the January 1933 issue
This issue runs from page 481 to page 556 but it also features four supplementary pages of advertising
numbered i and ii before page 481 and numbered iii and iv after page 556 making a total of 80 pages.
The first four issues of Popular Flying had had 64 pages and the next four had dropped to 56 pages.
Although twice the cost, this special issue was not twice the page count.
On preliminary page ii there is the usual John Hamilton advert – this time for 16 of their books and this time –
Johns is referred to as “Capt. W. E. Johns” as the author of ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’, ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ and ‘The Camels are Coming’.
THIS IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN REFERENCE TO W.E. JOHNS AS “CAPTAIN”
‘Wings: Flying Adventures’ is referred to as edited by W. E. Johns.
Now there is no mention of back issues of Popular Flying Magazine
Page 482 – Contents Page
Page 485 – The Vision B.C. 54 – A.D. 1918
Page 429 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns
(Subtitled – Christmas Number in which Johns relates some semi-supernatual aviation tales.
A box at the end informs readers about flying Christmas cards that are available)
Page 496 - Knights of the Air – The Leading War Aces of all Countries
Page 497 – Richthofen’s Last Flight – The Story of the Death of Germany’s Greatest Ace – W. E. Johns
Pages 500 and 501 – A double page illustration by Frank L. Westley – ‘Christmas Day on the High Seas’
Page 502 – Mainwaring gets Through – Arthur Cave
Page 434Page 505 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Lieut. W. J. Tremellen
(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 10th of 20 accounts)
Page 508 – Dumb Stunts – Suggested Flights for 1933 – by “G.G.”
(Two pages of cartoons)
Page 510 – Croydon Calling! – A Peep Behind the Scenes at the Air Port of London
Page 512 – Do You Remember? - Some of the Men and Machines that made Aviation History
(A small note under the title says “Is “Biggles” here? Perhaps: who knows?
If not, he will be in the January Number in a story entitled “The Professor”)
Page 514 – Fighting Planes of the Royal Air Force – Major Oliver Stewart
Page 517 – A full page (colour) advert for Hamleys and a Flying Scale Model
Pages 518 and 519 - The Centre Pages – an illustration by an uncredited artist – “A Dreadnought of the Skies”
Page 521 – What to Buy for 1933 – British Machines for the Private Owner – Capt. C. E. Ward
Page 527 – Where to Fly – A Guide to your Nearest Aerodrome
(It is interesting to note that the County where I live – Herefordshire - was without an aerodrome
or landing ground in 1932. Now – some 75 years – we still only have one small one at Shobdon)
Page 528 – Records and Achievements in the Air
Page 530 – Did You Know – by Howard Leigh
Page 532 – A Seven League Stride in Model Aviation – W. Rigby
Page 536 – By Air Mail – An Aero-Philatelic Review of 1932
Page 542 – The Mix-Up – An Amusing Competition for a Dull Evening
(You had to cut out the 8 jumbled aircraft illustrated and re-arrange them in a 6 inch by 6 inch box into a “realistic dogfight”. The prize for the best entry, a gold fountain pen, would go to the arrangement most like the
original picture that had been drawn by the artist before all of the aircraft were jumbled up)
Page 545 – Falcons of France – A Thrilling Serial of War in the Air – Charles Nordhoff and J. N. Hall
Page 556 – The Aviation Bookshelf