October 1935

Volume 4 Number 7  (43 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 353 to page 408 (56 pages)


Page 356 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a small painting of the Clubhouse at Herts and Essex (Flying) Club)


Page 302 – A Short Wave – Length! – A photograph of the new Short R.24/31 Flying Boat landing on water


Page 359 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled “More Peculiar Peculiarities” – Johns criticises the smug British attitude that “We are notoriously slow starters, and we make the most ridiculous blunders (don’t you know), but when we do get goings etc. etc.”.  He talks of the blunders that cost a hundred thousand lives ….. “I helped to shovel eighteen hundred of them into pits (without the blankets for which their next-of-kins were probably charged), including seventy-seven of my own machine-gun squadron of seventy-five, in front of Horseshoe Hill, in Greek Macedonia.  We were sent to take the hill without big guns.  Oh yes, they sent guns out to us, but when they got to Salonika there wasn’t any tackle big enough to lift them out of the ships.  At least, that’s what we were told ……..”)


Page 362 – An American Tour – A. Hessell Tiltman (Joint Managing Director of Airspeed Ltd.)


Page 366 – Recollections of an Air Pioneer – (Continued) – Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe

(Sir A.V. Roe, who gave us “Avro”, continues with his recollections)


Page 370 – Mathy of the Zeppelins – Alfred Cellier

(An article about Kapitanleutnant Heinrich Mathy,” the best known of those Zeppelin commanders”)


372 – “Bomb Released, Sir!” – Desmond Nicholas

(“The bomber is very much in the public eye at the moment, so this short description of just how the man upstairs works, should be found interesting”)


Page 374 – Aerial Sailing in Germany – by our Special Correspondent on the spot


Page 376 – Days of Test Flying – Flt.-Lt. N. Comper


Page 379 – War in the Air – Illustrated – The War as the Airman saw it – Instalment 1 of newly acquired photographs




Pages 380 and 381 – The Centre Pages – War in the Air (continued from Page 379) – More War Photographs


Page 382 – Flying Wires – Interesting News from all quarters


Page 384 – Learning to Glide – Donald B. Rae (of the London Gliding Club)


Page 385 – Animal Flight and Motorless Aeroplanes – The Late Eric Stuart Bruce

(“Readers of Popular Flying will be sorry to learn of the death of our contributor shortly after he had written this article for us”)


Page 388 – Knowall Denver – A Complete Story – Douglas Hales




Page 390 – We May Laugh!


Page 391 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence”

One letter says “….. the suggestion of a Re-union sounds most attractive.  There is however, one serious drawback, and that is the unfortunate, but frequently observed fact, that War carries off all the best.  Only the dross is left to eat the dinners and brave over the port.  The really interesting Re-union will be outside the Pearly Gates.  (Yes!  I said ‘outside’!).  Johns adds his comment – “Not necessarily”)


Page 396 – Modern Aircraft – The Gloster “Gauntlet” –

No. 1 of a new series of brief descriptive articles featuring the most outstanding aircraft of all nations




Page 400 – Aviation Bookshelf

(Headed “Biggles Again” and reviewing “Biggles Flies East” and “Biggles Hits the Trail” both by W. E. Johns)

“When the Editor of Popular Flying went on his holidays and gave me these two books to read he mentioned that ever since Biggles faded out of the pages of Popular Flying, a steady stream of enquiries has been received concerning his possible return.  Unfortunately, lack of space forbids his reappearance in these columns, but he takes the stage again in the two above named books which are available at all booksellers and libraries”)


Page 408 – The Buyers’ Log


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