APRIL 1933

Volume 2 Number 1  (13 of 88)



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



The Bottle Party


This issue of Popular Flying magazine contained a free supplementary print illustrated by Geoffrey Watson


Description: April 1933


The R.A.F. Long-Distance Fairey-Napier Monoplane



This issue runs from page 1 to page 56 (56 pages)


Page 3 – Contents Page


Page 5 – Letter of congratulations on Popular Flying’s first birthday from F. Shelmerdine – the Director of Civil Aviation



Description: The Editors Cockpit


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

(This article is all about the success of Popular Flying and then about Air Transportation)


Page 9 – The Peppercorn Aces – Edgar Jepson and Frank Birkinshaw


Page 12 – How Big Flights are Planned – Amy Mollison


Page 14 – My Most Thrilling Flight – “Contact” (Alan Bott)

(This account was NOT published in the 1936 book ‘Thrilling Flights’)


Page 17 – Modern British Aircraft (1) – The Hawker Rolls-Royce Osprey


Page 18 – When Knights Were Bold – Authentic War Photos from the Imperial War Museum


Page 20 – Aviation as a Career – No 2 Appointments in Civil Flying – Major Oliver Stewart


Page 23 – Round the World Without a Stop – Refueling Aircraft in Flight – Captain Charles Ward


Page 25 – A Critical Moment – an illustration of Air Combat by F. L. Westley


Page 26 – Combat Tactics – “Tracer”

(This interesting article – illustrated with diagrams of aeroplanes blind spots, sets out the correct way to attack planes)



Description: A Trip Over London


Pages 28 and 29 - The Centre Pages – A Trip Over London – (This time our camerman has stayed nearer home)


Page 30 – Long Distance Flight – Air Commodore J. A. Chamier



Description: The Bottle Party


Page 32 – The Bottle Party – A New “Biggles” Story – W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 33 and 34

The illustrations are uncredited but appear to be more like Edward Oldham work than Howard Leigh’s.

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 35 – Here, There & Everywhere – an interesting set of photographs published by permission of “Shell”


Page 36 – Told on the Tarmac

(A boxed note on this page also informs readers that Popular Flying has opened a special enquiry bureau to assist them with air related enquiries.  Advice will be give free of charge)


Page 38 – Filming Everest


Page 42 – Round the Schools & Clubs


Page 44 – Air Post Collecting – Past & Future – Francis J. Field


Page 46 – Petrol-Driven Model Aeroplanes – Captain C. E. Bowden


Page 47 – A Full Page Advert for “Skybirds” Constructive 1.70 Scale Models (of aircraft and hangers)


Page 48 – Royal Air Force – Old Comrades Association – “Popular Flying” to be official organ


 Page 52 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(This includes a large boxed 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 54 – Under the Windstocking

(What Readers Think.  Conducted by the Editor)


Page 55 – The Buyers’ Log

(Where to Fly)


On the inside back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 9 of their books BUT Johns is credited as Flying-Officer W. E. Johns (NOT Captain this time!), in the adverts for ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’ and ‘The Camels are Coming’



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