April 1935

Volume 4 Number 1  (37 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 1 to page 56 (56 pages)





Inside Front Cover – An Advert for a “Bristol” Bulldog

(It’s rather surprising to see a reversed swastika on the plane – I bet they ditched that as world events moved on!)


Page 6 – Contents Page


Page 8 – “Demonstration” – A photograph of a Vickers Vildebeest Torpedo Bomber undergoing a test flight


Page 9 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(“Three years ago this month the words POPULAR FLYING were set in print on this page for the first time,

which is another way of saying that it is our third birthday …..”  The editorial is then subtitled – The Boy Stood On –

“Being the first of a series of lucid, unbiased articles on air sunshine holidays, drawn from personal experience” )


Page 12 – Tell Us More – Yvonne Cloud


Page 14 – The Airport Problem – An Invention for Centralising Air Traffic – Carmichael Earl (an alias for WE Johns son)


Page 17 – My Most Thrilling Flight – An Easter Monday Outing – Captain C. M. Down

(This account was not published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’)


Page 20 – Leaping for Life – Parachuting Escapes in the Royal Air Force – Charles Dixon




Page 23 – Portraits for Posterity (No. 10) – Second-Lieutenant William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse, V.C.


Page 24 – Memories of 40 Squadron – F. T. Gilbert




Pages 28 and 29 – The Centre Pages – Brave Old World


Page 30 – Flying Wires – News from All Quarters


Page 33 – Those Remarkable Rotaries – The Ingenious Gnome, Le Rhone and Monosoupape Engines – W. Boddy




Page 35 – Humorous Sideslips from Here and There


Page 36 – Co-Pilot – A Complete Story – M. P. Lynn-Stevens


Page 39 – The Modeller’s Guide – Those Fokkers


Page 40 – Aero-Philately and Aviation – Francis G. Field


Page 42 – Various Verses

(“We seem to have very few air poets.  Here are some verses that have reached us from various authors”)


Page 43 – An Advert for Aviation & General Insurance Co. Ltd.


Page 44 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence.  Conducted by the Editor”

The correspondence continues onto page 54 where we are told “Mr. E. Gibbings, at one time orderly room

clerk to Major Hawker, V.C., No. 24 Squadron R.F.C. is looking for a job in any capacity on an aerodrome.

 Letters sent to this office will be forwarded”)


Page 46 – Told on the Tarmac

(“Sky-writing at 18,000 ft – We hear from Sydney St. Barbe that he is finding a Miles Hawk Major ideal for sky-writing.  This he is now doing at 18,000 feet.  With a minimum of slipstream and the machine’s remarkably quick climb and handiness, the letters are clear, and remain for a remarkably long time”)


Page 51 – Advert for Wakefield Castrol XXL


Page 56 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 10 of their books but also with a listing of “15 titles, previously published”.  The 25 books advertised include all of the first five John Hamilton Biggles books

as well as ‘The Raid’, ‘V.C.s of the Air’ and ‘The Spy Flyers’ all by W. E. Johns


For the first time there is no “Planes of History – illustrated by Howard Leigh” in Popular Flying Magazine

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

The picture is titled “Speeding Up”