Volume 3 Number 2 (26 of 88)
This issue of Popular Flying magazine was the last ever to feature a “Biggles” story
The Sheikh and the Greek
This issue runs from page 53 to page 104 (52 pages)
Page 56 – Contents Page
Page 58 – Alex! Ras-el-Tin, the beautiful harbour at Alexandria
(A photograph of the harbour “now a port of call on the Imperial Route to Capetown”)
Page 59 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns
(Subtitled – Petrol and Propriety – “Petrol in this country is subject to a tax of 8d per gallon, and in case you wonder how or why any commodity should carry a charge so disproportionate to its value, I will tell you. The reason is because any government, when it is in desperate straits for money, will tax to the limit any indispensable article for which there is no substitute, or any industry that has no alternative but to accept its imposition. In the past it varied from salt to windows, both of which were essential; later, it became tobacco, alcoholic beverages and tea. Petrol, a new but widely used commodity without an efficient substitute, was certain to feel the blast. Naturally, the Government does not say that; the upkeep of roads was made the excuse for the exorbitant tax. The patient to be bled was, of course, the motor car industry, and it is quite possible that Aviation was not even taken into consideration; but to inflict upon a baby industry the same crushing burden as on an established one, was something approaching infanticide”)
Page 70 – The D.H. Leopard Moth – Flight-Lieut. C. Turner Hughes
Page 72 – Flying Wires – Condensed news items intercepted during the last month
Page 74 – My Most Thrilling Flight – D. G. Lewis
(Subtitled – An Encounter with Richthofen – the last person shot down by Baron von Richthofen tells his story)
This Biggles story continues on pages 77, 80, 81, 90, 92 and 102
The illustrations are by Mendoza and Edward Oldham.
W. E. Johns is not credited at all on this story.
Page 94 – Motor Mutterings – “Janus”
(A note on this page under the heading of – Under the Windstocking – says “We very much regret that owing to lack of space this popular feature has unavoidably been held over. Letters arranged for publication this month will therefore appear in the June issue. The Editor takes this opportunity of thanking those readers who were good enough to reply to the April “Cicelet” query; the information will be published in due course”)
On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – again the advert is for none of their books.
Instead, the advert is for “Eight Fine Reproductions in full colour of Paintings by Stanley Orton Bradshaw” and also “Reproductions of 24 Etchings by Howard Leigh” (presumably the ones later published in his “Planes of the Great War”)