October 1934

Volume 3 Number 7  (31 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 329 to page 384 (56 pages)



Page 331 – An Advert for ‘The Greatest Story of Flying Ever Told’ – The air life of Major “Micky” Mannock

- Publication will begin EXCLUSIVELY in the September 30 edition of the SUNDAY DISPATCH


Page 332 – Contents Page




Page 334 – “The Abode of the Gods” – A photograph of Mount Rainier in Canada, which rises to 14,400 feet

(This photograph was clearly the inspiration for Howard Leigh’s cover for “Biggles Flies North” published May 1939)


Page 335 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Our Canadian Number –

At the end in a paragraph headed “Au Revoir” Johns says “By the time you read this I shall, I hope, by giving my aching pen a brief respite in some remote spot where the sky is blue and the panting of the passionate crooner is not heard.  Will querists, therefore, kindly hold up the correspondence barrage for a week or two?  Anyway, if you do not receive a reply to your letter you will know why”.)


Page 338 – What Canadian Operators Need – There are more American than British machines in Canada – Why?

Our efforts to capture contracts have too often failed – Why? – Arnold H Sandwell (Aviation Editor, Montreal Daily Star)


Page 342 – Sky Tramps of the Gold Belt – Kim Beattie


Page 347 – Flying Firemen – Kenneth Walters




Page 350 – Portraits for Posterity (4) – Captain A. R. Brown, D. S. C.,

(“Captain Roy Brown is well known to students of air-war history as the officer who shot down and killed

Rittmeister Baron Manfred von Richthofen, leader of the famous German “Circus” that bore his name”)


Page 351 – Chivalry in the Air – Lt.- Col. W. A. Bishop, V.C., D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C.

(“Bitterness and hatred was not present in the Air Forces”)


Page 354 – R. C. A. F. – A Brief History of the Royal Canadian Air Force




Pages 356 and 357 – The Centre Pages   Canadian Cameos”

“Magnificent photographs by the Royal Canadian Air Force, specially provided for this issue of POPULAR FLYING”


Page 358 – Flying in the Arctic – by the Venerable A. L. Flemming, Archdeacon of the Arctic


Page 360 – Smart Alec and the Box – Wilfrid Tremellen




Page 362 – Double Page Advert for National Benzole Mixture


Page 364 – Flying Wires – Condensed News Items intercepted during the month


Page 366 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Correspondence.  Conducted by the Editor)


Page 372 – Motor Mutterings – “Janus”


Page 377 – Navigation for the Amateur Pilot – Cross-Country – P. Goudime


Page 380 – Planes of History (No. 31) – The Vickers “Vedette” – illustrated by Howard Leigh


Page 384 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 11 of their books.

There is again a prominent advert for Wings Flying Thrills (No. 2. ready 1st October) by such well-known authors as Capt. W. E. Johns; Capt. Heydemarck, “Vigilant” and Arch Whitehouse.  A wonderful shillingsworth!”

There are also adverts for ‘The Cockpit’ and ‘Planes of the Great War 1914 – 1918’ by Howard Leigh”

and ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ co-written by Captain W. E. Johns.

At the top of the advert is “Richthofen – The Red Knight of the Air by “Vigilant”



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

The picture is entitled “The Dominion of Canada”