September 1935

Volume 4 Number 6  (42 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 297 to page 352 (56 pages)




Inside front cover – A Shell Advert


Page 300 – Contents Page

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


Page 302 – A Very Strange Bird – A photograph of a man-lifting kite going aloft on Salisbury Plain several years before the Big Fuss started.  One of the photographs from our newly acquired collection (See “Kites” on Page 332)


Page 303 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not Subtitled.  “Last month will surely go down in the records of Civil Aviation as Black July.  Not since air transportation became a serious business have there been so many major crashes in such a short time …….”)


Page 306 – If War Should Come – Colonel George Drew


Page 310 – Scotland Yard 20 Years Hence (or less) – Cecil Bishop (Late of C.I.D., New Scotland Yard)

(On talking about Armed Bank Robbery and the like – “I believe that the only way in which nations can free themselves from this menace, is by exercising the greatest care in admitting aliens ……….”)


Page  312 – The Saga of S-K – Edward Green (Our Canadian Correspondent)


Page 314 – The Recollections of an Air Pioneer – (Continued from last month) – Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe

(Sir A.V. Roe, who gave us “Avro”, continues with his recollections of the early days

“in which aviation was looked upon as a rather fantastic form of suicide”)


Page 318 – 40’s Third Balloon Strafe – by “McScotch”

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


Page 322 – Flying Wires – Interesting News from all quarters




Pages 324 and 325 – The Centre Pages – Running the Gauntlet(s)! – An illustration by Frank L. Westley


Page 326 – When the Royal Air Force Flew the Mails – G. A. Flamank


Page 328 – The Heritage of Icarus – by R. O – S.


Page 330 – My Most Thrilling Flight – A. E. Turner

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


Page 331 – Scale Model Aeroplanes versus Model Flying Machines – The other point of view – C. W. Needham


Page 332 – Kites – J. Carmichael Earl (W. E. Johns son)


Page 333 – The Flight that Failed – Basil C. de Guerin




Page 335 – We should Smile!


Page 337 – Flying with a Dance Band – Jack Hylton


Page 338 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence”

One letter says “Richthofen, Manfred von, Deceased – I have reverend respect for the great airman as a soldier who died for his cause, together with sincere respect for a worthy foeman of the British.  Would it not be possible, however, to have all aviation magazines form an agreement not to mention this particular figure for at least twelve months, thereby giving the general public a rest from reference to a subject which not only is very threadbare, but which seems likely to start a new war just where the last one finished”)




Page 339 – A Full Page Photographic Advert for Rolls-Royce “The Best Car in the World”


 Page 346 – Aviation Bookshelf

(Books reviewed include “Some Milestones of Aviation” and “The Raid” both by W. E. Johns)

The review of “The Raid” is not particularly politically correct by today’s standards ………

“This is, I confess, without shame, a most unlikely story in which an archaeologist, his niece (the heroine), an R.A.F. officer (the hero), a Russian agent (the villain) get tangled up in Iraq with a lot of Wogs.  There is a Sheikh, or course, very dirty and verminous like the real thing.  The story was written originally by request as a film scenario, which accounts for the presence of a pretty girl in a place where no self-respecting reptile would stay for five minutes, but political and service difficulties stopped its production”)




Page 349 – Royal Air Force Squadrons, 1935


Page 351 – Amateur Radio and Aviation – The Royal Australian Air Force Wireless Reserve – J. E. Marshall


Page 352 – The Buyers’ Log


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

The picture is titled “40 Squadron’s Balloon Strafe (see page 318)”