March 1935

Volume 3 Number 12  (36 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 601 to page 648 (48 pages)



Page 606 – Contents Page


Page 608 – “The Aircraft Carrier” – A striking bow-on photograph of H.M.S. Courageous


Page 609 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not Subtitled – There is a box on this page stating “Readers are strongly advised to give their newsagent a standing order for “Popular Flying”.  This will prevent the disappointment which must be the experience of many who do not get their copies at time of publication.  Practically every issue during the past twelve months has run out of print immediately after publication.”)


Page 610 – Via Atlantic – Is Great Britain Missing a Golden Opportunity? – Nigel Tangye


Page 614 – Beyond the Ceiling – Carmichael Earl (An alias for W. E. Johns’ son)




Page 618 – Who Killed Immelman? – Part 1 – W. R. R. Puglisi

(Immelmann was famous for the “turn” that he “invented”.

Looping the loop and turning over at the top of the loop so he was then flying back in the opposite direction)


Page 621 – Part 2 – How Immelmann Fell (From Berlin Nachtausgabe)




Page 623 – Portraits for Posterity (No. 9) – Captain John Aidan Liddell, V.C.




Pages 624 and 625 – The Centre Pages – Flying Wires – What the World is Doing


Page 626 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Civil Flying Thrills – William Courtney

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 1st of 20 accounts.

This was the last “Thrilling Flight” published in “Popular Flying” to appear in the book.

 As to why this account by William Courtenay, the Air Correspondent for the London

“Evening Standard” was chosen to open the book, I am not entirely sure)


Page 629 – A Gallant Failure – Harrison Forman

(“The story of the first attempt to blaze an air-mail trail between China and the Philippine Islands”

On Page 630 there is picture of a Chinese lady who had just be given a “flip” in a plane and the caption states she is 120 years old.  In other words she was born in 1815 the same year as the Battle of Waterloo!)


Page 632 – Family Servant – Wilfrid Tremellen


Page 635 – Planes of History (No. 36) – The Vickers Vulture – illustrated by Howard Leigh




Page 645 – An advertisement for M.G. Cars (“By courtesy of “The Motor”)


Page 646 – Told on the Tarmac


Page 648 – The Buyers’ Log




On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 9 of their books.

Books include ‘Planes of the Great War’ but for the first time we have an advert for the

 “Biggles” book “The Black Peril” by W. E. Johns


Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is “E. O.” presumably Edward Oldham

The picture is titled “Combat”