December 1934

Volume 3 Number 9  (33 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 441 to page 496 (56 pages)



Page 448 – Contents Page


Page 450 – “This is to be Alone; This, This is Solitude” – A Photograph of a Hawker Hart flying past a mountain


Page 451 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – The Tale of the Comet – this editorial also features a message from

The Earl of Willingdon, the Viceroy of India)


Page 454 – The Development of Civil Aviation in India – Major E. Tymms, M.C. – Director of Civil Aviation in India


Page 455 – Private Flying in India – Lord Ronaldshay


Page 457 – What Indian Operators Need – Nevil Vintcent – Manager of Tata Sons Aviation Department


Page 460 – Frontier Facets – Radio Tests in the Khyber Pass – C. H. Bennett


Page 464 – Memories of 60 Squadron – Sergt.-Major A. A. Nicod




Pages 468 and 469 – The Centre Pages – Unusually these pages are used for two regular features


Page 468 – Planes of History (No. 33) – The Pfalz D.R.1 Triplane – illustrated by Howard Leigh


Page 469 – Portraits for Posterity (6) – Captain Albert Ball, V.C., D.S.O., M.C.

(This portrait is unusually small as the page features a photograph of the Albert Ball memorial in Nottingham Castle Grounds and the German tribute to the fallen airman as well as an extract from the “London Gazette”)


Page 470 – My Most Thrilling Flight – A. J. Insall (Late R.F.C.)

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 19th of 20 accounts.

On Page 471, the second page of this article is a reproduction of a letter dropped over the British lines in German which reads “To the Royal English Flying Corps.  September 21st 1915.  The German airmen thank you cordially for sending news of the death of our two comrades, Lieutenants Teschmann and Guvelack, and for the honourable burial.  We should be very grateful for details of their graves.   Roesler, Lieutenant.”)




Page 472 – Reunion – A Complete Story – W.E. Johns (Illustrated by Edward Oldham)


Page 476 – The Collector’s Page – An Aerial Traveller of 150 Years Ago – The Lunardi Anniversary

(“This year of 1934 marks the 150th anniversary of the first successful balloon flight ever made in England, when Vincent Lunardi, Secretary to the Neapolitan Ambassador in London at that time, made his spectacular ascent from the Artillery Ground at Moorfields, and flew for nearly 26 miles to Colliers End, Ware, thus earning for himself the proud title of “The first aerial traveller in the English atmosphere”)


Page 478 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Correspondence.  Conducted by the Editor

One of the letters complains about how the B.B.C. ignores the subject of aviation)


Page 492 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(This includes a review of ‘Richthofen, the Red Knight of the Air’ – by “Vigilant”.

The review is by W. E. Johns who says this “The non de plume “Vigilant” by the way, conceals the identity of one who served in the Intelligence Service during the war.  He speaks German like a native and has spent a lot of time in the country collecting material for the new book, which every war-flying student will be anxious to possess”.

There has been speculation that W. E. Johns himself was “Vigilant” but this seems unlikely.)


Page 496 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 12 of their books.

Books include ‘Wings’, ‘The Cockpit’ and ‘Planes of the Great War’


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

The cover is a Shell advert and the same picture was used on the April 1934 cover and will be used again on the February 1936 cover