MARCH 1933

Volume 1 Number 12  (12 of 88)

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


The Bridge Party



This issue runs from page 669 to page 724 (56 pages)


Page 669 – Contents Page


Page 671 – Saloon Cars of the Air – illustrations by Frank L. Westley


Page 672 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Air Transportation)


Page 674 – Aviation as a Career – No. 1 Appointments in Civil Flying – Major Oliver Stewart


Page 677 – Pulling Power – Striking Photographs of the College of Aeronautical Engineering at Chelsea


Page 678 – Guynemer Goes West – W. E. Johns


Page 681 – Planes of History – The Sopwith “Dolphin”


Page 682 – Away with the Red Flag – A Genuine Light Plane at Last – E. C. Gordon


Page  685 – Stott That Nonsense! – An Early (F)lying Poster

(The title is not a typo.  This is about a fraud by Ralph Stott in 1876 – see page 716 below)


Page 686 – A Trip Round the Holy Land - (Photographs from Palestine)


Page 688 – Opportunities for Women in the Air – James Mollison


Page 690 – Feud – A Complete Story – Wilfrid Tremellen


Page 693 – Gold Cannibals & Aeroplanes – Flying in the Land of the Headhunters – Francis McDermott

(This article is all about gold prospecting in New Guinea and the use of Aircraft there.

If you have ever read “My Wicked, Wicked Ways” by Errol Flynn (highly recommended) you can read all about his experiences there as well)


Page 695 – Early Days – Some Personal Recollections – Harry Harper

(Subtitled – 1909.  Flying’s Most Wonderful Year



Over the Roof of the World


Pages 696 and 697 - The Centre Pages – Over the Roof of the World – (Fantastic photographs of the Himalayas)



The Bridge Party


Page 700 – The Bridge Party – A “Biggles” Story – W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 701, 702 and 706

The illustrations are by Howard Leigh.

W. E. Johns is not credited at all on this story.

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


Page 704 – Speed – To – Morrow – Excerpts from “Horizons” by Norman Bel Geddes



Dunlop Advert


Page 707 – An unusual advert for Dunlop tyres consisting of a letter from Brooklands School of Flying Ltd.


Page 712 – Round the Schools & Clubs


Page 714 – Plane Models (A German Scout)


Page 716 – An Early Air Adventurer – The Great Flying Hoax of 1876

(This is about the fraud by Ralph Stott in 1876 which is advertised in the advert displayed on Page 685 – see above)


Page 718 – Told on the Tarmac

(This features a photograph of “Major J. H. Doolittle, the well-known American Pilot” amongst other things.

I assume this is Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle who lead the famous “Doolittle” raid on Japan on 18th April 1942 in retaliation for their attack on Pearl Harbour on 7th December 1941)


Page 720 – Air Post Stamps


 Page 722 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(This includes an advert for “Death in the Air” originally published in 1933 by an anonymous author who was in fact Wesley Archer.  Purporting to be real this was a fictionalised account by a former pilot, using staged aerial combat photos for the “Cockburn-Lange Collection” which were revealed as a hoax in the 1980’s apparently)


 Page 723 – The Buyers’ Log

(Where to Fly)


Page 724 – Under the Windstocking

(What Readers Think.  Conducted by the Editor)



John Hamilton Advert


On the inside back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 6 of their books BUT by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns (NOT Captain this time!) who

has autographed one hundred copies of each of his books, ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’ and ‘The Camels are Coming’.

These signed copies are now available”.  Make sure of your copy by ordering at once ……”


(Where are they all now I wonder?  If you have one, I would love to hear from you - my e-mail is


Below are pictures of what I believe are these signed copies of FIGHTING PLANES AND ACES and THE CAMELS ARE COMING (the 100 signed Camels were NOT first editions but later editions)








NB – For the first time ever in Popular Flying Magazine there is no “My Most Thrilling Flight” article in this issue



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