MAY 1933

Volume 2 Number 2  (14 of 88)

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


The Trap



This issue runs from page 57 to page 112 (56 pages)


Page 59 – Contents Page


Page 60 – A Portrait of “The N.C.O. Pilot, R.F.C.” by Sir William Orpen published to celebrate 21 years of the R.F.C.


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

(Subtitled – Disarmament, Dementia and Economy – and quoting Lieut. Col. Moore-Brabazon in the House of Commons on 14th March 1933 when he said “The enemy of the Air Force is not across the Channel, it is in Whitehall” – This is a very interesting Johns editorial criticising the Government’s disarmament policy)


Page 64 – Economic Edward – A Story of a Modern Airway – with a moral – Arthur Cave


Page 67 – McCudden on the Warpath – a Howard Leigh illustration of S.E.5’s of 56 Squadron with McCudden leading


Page 68 – McCudden – King of Scouts – W. E. Johns


Page 71 – Night Lights for Airmen – Captain C. E. Ward


Page 73 – Modern British Aircraft (1) – The Handley Page “Heyford”

(This is not the first ‘Modern British Aircraft’ article but it is still numbered 1)


Page 74 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Captain R. W. Frazier, R.A.F.

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 13th of 20 accounts)


Page 76 – Aviation as a Career – Opportunities in the Royal Air Force – Major Oliver Stewart

(This article contains an interesting table about “Commissioned Service in the Royal Air Force” and methods of entry)


Page 79 – Shoot! – An article by Hollywood’s Leading Air Film Cameraman - Elmer Dyer


Page 82 – Quick as Thought – Michael David Angus

(An article explaining why you “Don’t turn back to the aerodrome with a missing engine” – you will crash, that’s why)




Pages 84 and 85 - The Centre Pages – Long Odds – an uncredited illustration of McCudden shooting down Voss




Page 87 – The Trap– A “Biggles” Story – W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 88, 102 and 112

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 90 – Told on the Tarmac

(A boxed note on this page also informs readers that Binders for Popular Flying are now available – see page 103)


Page 92 – Planes of History – The Sopwith Triplane Scout – illustrated by Howard Leigh

(“So many readers have written complaining of the withdrawal of our War-time “Planes of History” series, that we are continuing them for a time”)


Page 94 – Motor Mutterings – L. G. Callingham


Page 97 – Round the Schools & Clubs


Page 103 – Adverts – including one for a binder for “Popular Flying”


Page 106 – More Readers’ Models


Page 109 – Air Post Stamps – F. J. Field


 Page 110 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(This page includes the remarks “A few back numbers of “Popular Flying” are still available, but certain months are running low.  July is out of print.  Readers wishing to complete Volume 1 should make application for missing numbers without delay”)


Page 111 – The Buyers’ Log

(Various Adverts)


Page 112 – Under the Windstocking

(“Flying Scotchman” replies to “Pilot”)


On the inside back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – this time for 8 of their books on the theme “Aviation as a Career”.  It includes ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ by Flight-Lieut. H. M. Schofield and Flying-Officer W. E. Johns.



Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is W. E. Johns himself