August 1934

Volume 3 Number 5  (29 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 225 to page 272 (48 pages)



Page 230 – Contents Page


Page 232 – “Skartists!” - A Photograph of “Sky-scribes weaving weird and fascinating patterns at Hendon”


Page 233 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – The Royal Air Force Display – “The memory of what may be the last R.A.F. Display at Hendon was marred by the accident in which Squadron Leader Collett lost his life ……….”

In a paragraph labelled “Sorry” Johns apologises for an error on Page 172

of the July 1934 issue when a Fairey Firefly was wrongly labelled a Hawker Fury)


Page 236 African Flight – Scott Lindberg  (Foreword on Wilson Airways by V. J. Wheeler)




Page 240 – Portraits for Posterity (2) – Lieut. Col. William Avery Bishop, V.C., D.S.O. and Bar, M.C, D.F.C., R.F.C.

(“A Canadian from Ontario, he was the victor of a hundred sky combats, with an official record of 72 enemy planes”)


Page 241 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Turkish Delight – Lieut. S. J. Wise (Retd.)

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


Page 243 – Price v. Performance – The Cheap Light Plane Question – F. G. Miles


Page 246 – A Balloon Ascent from Cremorne Gardens.  1854 – Moyra Fuller




Pages 248 and 249 – The Centre Pages –  “What is Done by Night, Appears by Day” – An illustration by Howard Leigh


Page 250 – A Day With No. 16 Squadron – Flying Officer F. C. E. Hayter


Page 253 – Sky Terriers – A Complete Story – Harry Jackson


Page 256 – Flying Wires – Condensed News Items intercepted during the month


Planes 258 – Planes of History (No. 29) – The Fokker D.VIII. – illustrated by Howard Leigh


Page 259 – Navigation for the Amateur Pilot – P. Goudime


Page 260 – The Aviation Bookshelf




Page 261 – Rolls-Royce – The Best Car in the World (Their first photographic advert in Popular Flying Magazine)


Page 262 – Under the Windstocking

(“The Aerial Steam Carriage”)


Page 272 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 5 of their books.

There is again a prominent advert for Wings Flying Thrills (paper-backed version) by such well-known authors as Captain W. E. Johns; Captain Heydemarck, “Vigilant” and Arch Whitehouse.  A wonderful shillingsworth.”

There is also an advert for ‘The Cockpit’ and ‘Planes of the Great War 1914 – 1918’ by Howard Leigh”.


Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is Edward Oldham and the picture is entitled “Gipsies”