Volume 1 Number 10  (10 of 88)

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


The Professor



This issue runs from page 557 to page 612 (56 pages)


Page 557 – Contents Page


Page 560 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Photo Phantasies – In which Johns states that after years of collecting aviation photographs and researching many archives of different Nations he has never found a real photo of aviation combat.  This is because in a dog-fight you don’t have the time to pick up a camera when you are trying to dodge bullets.

A box at the end informs readers “A few back numbers are now available at 6d per copy.  Readers wishing to complete their volumes should write to the Publisher without delay”)


Page 562 – The Firm Next Door – Arthur Cave


Page 565 – Aviation in the Colonies – Canada – Capt. C. E. Ward


Page 567 – Deck Landing – by a Pilot of the Fleet Air Arm


Page 434Page 570 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Commander Joachim Breithaupt

(This article is by the Commander of Zeppelin L.XV when he was shot down over the English Channel in 1916.

This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 11th of 20 accounts)


Page 572 – From Wagons to Wings – Cyril B. Mills


Page 574 – The Paris Aero Show 1932 – by ‘Hawk’



Description: The Professor


Page 577 – The Professor – A “Biggles” Story – W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 578 and 598

The illustrations are by Edward Oldham.

Following publication of “The Camels are Coming” Johns is no longer using his pseudonym of William Earle.

In March 1934 this story was published in the third Biggles book – “Biggles of the Camel Squadron”


Page 579 – Planes of History – The Fokker D.VII.


Page 580 – Aviation in Hollywood – Film Stars Who Fly – W. A. Jeffreys


Page 582 - Knights of the Air – Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker



Description: Camels to the Rescue


Pages 584 and 585 - The Centre Pages – a striking composite picture of a dog fight – “Camels to the Rescue”


Page 586 – Fake – All Fake.  More clever work with models.


Page 587 – Sailplaning is Plain Sailing – J. R. Ashwell-Cooke


Page 588 – Did You Know – by E. A. Wren


Page 590 – Falcons of France – A Thrilling Serial of War in the Air – Charles Nordhoff and J. N. Hall


Page 596 – Motor Musings – “Janus”


Page 600 – Told on the Tarmac


Page 603 – Around the Schools and Clubs



Page 603 includes a photo of W. E. Johns (fourth from right) and the only photo of Howard Leigh (far right) I have ever seen(!)


Page 606 – Air Post Stamps – A Review of 1932 (a conclusion to last months article) – Francis J. Field


Page 608 – Model Planes – An Introduction to the Hobby – F. W. Stuckey


 Page 610 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(The books reviewed this month include “Fighting Planes and Aces” by W. E. Johns)


Page 612  The Buyers’ Log

(Aircraft for Sale – Air stamps – Where to Fly – Opportunities)


On the inside back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 16 of their books including Capt. W. E. Johns books ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’, ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ and ‘The Camels are Coming’.  ‘Wings: Flying Adventures’ edited by W. E. Johns is also on the list



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