July 1934

Volume 3 Number 4  (28 of 88)

This issue of Popular Flying magazine features NO “Biggles” story.  The last “Biggles” story was published in the May 1934 issue



This issue runs from page 157 to page 224 (68 pages)



Page 157 – Advert for the R.A.F. Display at Hendon on Saturday, June 30th 1934




Page 162 – An advert for the Training Plane featuring Amelia Earhart

(Miss Amelia Earhart says “The ‘Training Plane’ is the only model I have seen which actually behaves like a real plane in flight.  Thus it is not just a plaything but has possibilities for training in the theory of flying

 – (signed) Amelia Earhart)


Page 164 – Contents Page


Page 166 – “From the Loftiest Height there is a Path to the Lowest Depth” - A Photograph of a Parachutist


Page 167 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – This and That – “It becomes increasingly difficult to know how to fill these columns.  Day by day, Aviation news occupies more and more space in the daily and weekly papers, and as far as we, as a monthly Journal, are concerned, the difficulty lies not in knowing what to put in, but what to leave out ………..”

Johns then moves onto – A Personal Matter – Where he answers his critics who accuse him of warmongering “I personally want a war(?)  What utter nonsense.  No one in his right mind wants a war.  Paradoxical though it may seem, it is my fear of war that makes me plead for more aeroplanes …………….”

Also on this page is a poem by Carmichael Earl, a pseudonym for John’s son)


Page 169 – “… And See the World” – Major C. C. Turner


Page 172 – Equipment – Flight-Lieut. C. Turner Hughes

(A Brief Review of the Aeroplanes in Service in the Royal Air Force To-day)


Page 176 – C. F. S. (A few concise notes on how the Central Flying School, R.A.F. began) – the Editor W.E. Johns




Page 178 – Portraits for Posterity – Major Edward “Micky” Mannock, V.C., D.S.O., M.C.

(“This is the first of a new series of actual photographs of famous pilots, who established, or have carried on, the glorious traditions of the Air Services.  The feature has been started as a result of many requests, and in order to enable readers to possess portraits of airmen, of all nationalities, whose fame will never fade”)


Page 179 – Work in the Fleet Air Arm – Major Oliver Stewart, M.C., A.F.C.




Page 182 – Songs they Sang – (A Collection of Old R.F.C. Songs)


Page 184 – The King’s Cup, 1934 – Nigel Tangye


Page 186 – My Most Thrilling Flight – A. C. S. Irwin (Late R.F.C.)

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 18th of 20 accounts)


Page 189 - Planes of History (No. 28) – The D.H.9a. – illustrated by Howard Leigh




Pages 190 and 191 – The Centre Pages –  “Speed Kings” – An uncredited illustration


Page 192 – An Advert for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines for Speed and Reliability


Page 193 – Navigation for the Amateur Pilot – P. Goudime


Page 194 – Flying Wires – Condensed News Items intercepted during the month


Page 196 – Pilots of Other Days

(On these and the two following pages we present a unique collection of photographs,

most of which have been lent by readers at home and abroad, to whom we offer our thanks.)


Page 198 – Over the Other Side – Men and Machines of the Maltese Cross

(The photographs continue ………..)


Page 200 – Poet – A Complete Short Story – Wilfrid Tremellen


Page 202 – Told on the Tarmac


Page 204 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Correspondence.  Conducted by the Editor)

(This month’s letters include one from Mr. W. R. Andrews all about Major “Micky” Mannock V.C. “When Mannock was awarded the M.C. I took the message off the phone and told him myself of the award; also when he got the bar to it”)


Page 208 – Air Post Stamps – Rare Examples of “Carried” Messages – Pigeon Post to Rocket Mail – F. J. Field


Page 210 – Don’t Try to Fly Before you can Flutter – W. Rigby


Page 223 – The Aviation Society, 7 Park Lane, W.1

(“The Aviation Society is a National Enterprise that has been formed with the intention of helping British Aviation and extending the facilities of public flying.  Whereas the high cost of flying has deterred many a would-be pilot from “taking the air”, by becoming a member of this Society you are entitled to qualify for an “A” licence free of charge.  The headquarters are at 7, Park Lane, W.1, where there will be a Lounge for members to meet their friends, write letters and hold interviews; Central Information, Commercial Intelligence, and Appointment Bureaus, and a Library.  Although the Society has been in active existence for only a short time, the first member to obtain free training commenced on June 12th, and many more Aerogrants are awaiting allocation.  Write for further particulars of this National Enterprise and how to obtain an Aerogrant (free training for “A” licence).  If you wish to become a member immediately, send your subscriptions of 5s. to The Honorary Secretary”)


Page 224 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 3 of their books.

There is a prominent advert for Wings Flying Thrills (paper-backed version) “with three-colour cover by Howard Leigh, will be cram-full of flying thrills by such authors as Captain W. E. Johns; Captain Heydemarck, author of “Double Decker C666”; “Vigilant”, author of “German War Birds”, etc; and the illustrations are by Howard Leigh”.


Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is Frank L. Westley and the picture is entitled “Gloucester Gauntlets Climbing for Height”