February 1934

Volume 2 Number 11  (23 of 88)

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


The Oriental Touch



This issue runs from page 569 to page 612 (44 pages)



Page 570 – Contents Page




Page 572 – The Richthofen Circus – An illustration of the Red Baron and seventeen of his pilots


Page 573 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – The Question of Advertising – “That is costs more to sell a commodity than it does to produce it is a fact well known to those engaged in commence …………”   Johns talks about how aviation needs to be publicised.)


Page 576 – Richthofen Memories – Carl-August von Schoenebeck (Late of Jagdstaffel ll)


Page 580 – Aircraft Carriers of the Future – An “Airshipman” replies to Major Turner – J. A. Sinclair


Page 584 – The Oasis Circuit Race – Glenda Graham




Page 586 – The Oriental Touch – A “Biggles” Story – W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 587, 588 and 610

The illustrations are uncredited but may be by Edward Oldham.

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

In August 1934 this story was published in the fourth Biggles book – “Biggles Flies Again”


Page 589 - Planes of History (No. 23) – The Pfalz Scout (D.III) – illustrated by Howard Leigh




Pages 590 and 591 - The Centre Pages – “Why Not?” – an illustration by Howard Leigh made from designs submitted by a reader, Mr. J. D. Browning, of what a future low-powered, popular-priced aeroplane may look like.


Page 592 – Thirty Years Hence

(“Thirty years ago the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright first flew in a power-driven aeroplane.

In this symposium six famous aircraft designers look ahead at the machines of 1964”

There are some interesting predictions here.  Louis Bieriot (the first man to fly the English Channel) said “Air travel fares will be drastically reduced, but private flying as a sport will remain an expensive business”.)


Page 594 –  Submarine Patrol – Charles Dixon (Late W/T Observer, R. N. A. S.)


Page 596 – Combat Tactics – by “Tracer” (Continued from a previous issue) – Bomber Formations


Page 598 – February Anniversaries – A Resume of Aeronautical History – J. G. Allen


Page 600 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Letters.  Conducted by the Editor


Page 603 – The Air League of the British Empire

(“Six months ago when “Air and Airways” ceased publication at short notice, the Air League found itself without an official journal.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the proprietors and editor of Popular Flying for coming to our aid and filling the gap.  The association has been a pleasant one, but it was from the first fairly clear that it was likely to be temporary.  Popular Flying could not afford to give more than a limited amount of space for the purposes of the Air League, nor offer terms which made it practicable for us to continue.  With this number we, therefore, part from Popular Flying with hearty good wishes on both sides and with hope of co-operation in the future.  The time has come when the Air League must have its own Journal, and from February, members will receive the Air Review, which will contain matter specially chosen to interest them;  I hope that they will like it”.

A boxed note on Page 610 invites members of the Air League to subscribe to Popular Flying at 8s per annum)


Page 604 – The Aviation Bookshelf


Page 605 – Told on the Tarmac




Page 606 – Model Competition Results

(This showed photographs of the three winning entries in each class –

Flying Scale Models, Flying Non-Scale Models and Non-Flying Models)


Page 611 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – this time for 9 of their books.

They include ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ by Flight-Lieut. H. M. Schofield and Flying-Officer W. E. Johns and ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’ by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns


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