August 1935

Volume 4 Number 5  (41 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 233 to page 296 (64 pages)


Page 238 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a very small untitled photograph of three unnamed bi-planes)


Page 240 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled “Flying By Numbers” where Johns talks about his disappointment with the recent Air Display (at Hendon) and then “The S.B.A.C. Show where Johns praises it and says “I made an unkind remark about the S.B.A.C. some time ago.  I take it back ………..”  However, he doesn’t actually say was “S.B.A.C.” stands for so I can’t tell you.)


Page 243 – Hendon Highlights – With our casual cameraman in the Colindale enclosure – some photographs


Page 244 – The Recollections of an Air Pioneer – Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe

(“Who, on June 8th 1908, made the first short aeroplane flight in England” –

Sir A.V. Roe gave us “Avro” and talks in this article about how he wrote to Wilbur Wright in 1906 and then in 1909 cycled to “Le Mans” to meet him and was shown over his famous biplane and given a lift in his car back into town)




Page 249 – The Royal Air Force Display

(“A few personalities seen on the tarmac and in the enclosures”)




Page 250 – Sky Lines over Europe – A Brief Description of the European National Airways – W. Carmichael Earl

(W. E. John’s son)

(Page 256 features an illustration of Martineau’s Airway Time Table – A Map of Principal European Routes


Page 257 – Quo Vadis?  There is an Air Way to Every Important City and Many Holiday Resorts in Great Britain




Page 259 – Shaw – Formerly Lawrence of Arabia – Basil Jones

(An article by a man who served with “Shaw” in the Royal Air Force)


Page 262 – The Flying Flea – An account of the most widely discussed aeroplane of recent years




The Pages between 264 and 265 – The Centre Pages – Shell Chart of Aircraft Markings of All Nations

(These four pages are unnumbered but show various nations markings.

 It is surprisingly to note that Finland have a swastika as well as Germany)




Page 265 – Can you Smile?


Page 266 – Flying Wires – News from all quarters


Page 268 – Down in the Forest – The true story of my adventures whilst flying in Africa – Mrs. J. M. Keith Miller

(This frank account of a long-distance flight that failed should give those who hanker for this sort of thing food for thought)


Page 272 – My Most Thrilling Flight – “55” – Another Episode – “Two of our machines failed to return” – F. E. Nash

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


Page 274 – N.C.O. Pilot – Sergt. - Pilot E. J. Elton


Page 276 – Early Bird – A Short Story by J. E. Gurdon


Page 278 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence”)

The centre of this page features “The Dying Aviator” one of the R.F.C. Rhymes)


Page 296 – The Buyers’ Log


(Again, no John Hamilton advert on the back cover)


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