January 1935

Volume 3 Number 10  (34 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)





Inner Front Cover – A Colour Advert for Vickers (Aviation) Limited


Page 502 – Contents Page

(There is now a new layout to the contents page and for this “Special Egyptian Issue

and the contents page is set by the side of a photograph of an effigy of an Egyptian Pharaoh)


Page 503 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – The Mannock Spirit – in this editorial Johns criticises a speech made by the Marquess of Londonderry, the Secretary of State for Air.  Johns quotes part of the speech and then says “To his Lordship, those sentiments may sound very dignified and inspiring, but to me they sound like the bleat of a very superior English sheep that has lost its lamb.  Never have I read anything quite so pathetically futile, so painstakingly negative, so utterly fustian.  How well I can imagine the sort of fellow who wrote that piece of parsimonious bunkum.”

There is a box on Page 505 saying

“The Editor and the staff of “Popular Flying” wish all readers at home and abroad A HAPPY CHRISTMAS”.

 Although this was the January issue, Popular Flying was published on the 20th of the month prior to the cover date.)


Page 506 – The Private Owner’s Outlook – Kamal Bey Eloui – Managing Director of Misr-Airwork


Page 509 – Wings Over Egypt – A Brief History of Aviation in the Middle East


Page 510 – What Middle East Operators Need – Commercial Aviation in Egypt, Palestine and the Sudan – H. Spooner


Page 514 – With a Dragon in Arabia – Geoffrey Mahoney (Late of Misr-Airwork)


Page 518 – Civil Aviation in Palestine – (“We regret that we are not permitted to publish the name of the author”)


Page 520 – A Grim Day Off Gwadur – Flight-Lieut. R. Linton


Page 522 – Flying Wires – News from Far and Near




Pages 524 and 525 – The Centre Pages – “Interesting and Decorative Examples of Modern Air Post Letters”




Page 526 – A Review of “King of Air Fighters” – The Biography of Major “Mick” Mannock” by Flight-Lieut. I. R. A. Jones

(On Page 527 there is an illustration of “Richthofen’s Last Flight” by Frank L. Westley.  The review is by W. E. Johns)




Page 529 – Portraits for Posterity (No. 7) – Major James Byford McCudden, V.C., D.S.O., M.C., M.M.


Page 530 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Correspondence.  Conducted by the Editor

The correspondence are mainly former First World War Pilots)


Page 531 – Planes of History (No. 34) – Morane-Saulnier Type “P” Parasol – illustrated by Howard Leigh




Page 533 – An Advert for Misr-Airwork – Almaja Airport, Cairo.




Page 535 – An Advert for the Egypt Travel Bureau – “Piccadilly to Cairo in 4 ½ Days – Visit Egypt and the Sudan”


Page 540 – Memories of 60 Squadron R.F.C. (Continued from last month) – Sergt.-Major A. A. Nicod


Page 546 – Told on the Tarmac

(“Some of the most amazing “dog-fight” photographs have recently reached us from “Skybird” enthusiasts and model makers.  In fact, these are so good that we shall publish, next month, a double page selection of them”)




Page 547 – An Advertisement for Wolseley Motors


Page 552 – The Buyers’ Log


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

Books include ‘Planes of the Great War’ but for the first time there are no W. E. Johns books advertised


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

The picture is titled “The First “Southampton” Egyptian Cruise, 1926”