December 1935

Volume 4 Number 9  (45 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 465 to page 520 (56 pages)


Page 468 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a small photograph of an unknown aeroplane)


Page 470 – Living up to their Name! – The Desperadoes – Caproni Military Monoplanes illustrated by Frank L. Westley




Page 471 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled “This Spot of Bother”.  Johns talks of the Battle of Hastings and how conquest meant that in time – and it may be a 1000 years – “both victor and vanquished share equally in the ultimate good”.  On Page 472 there is a photograph of German and British soldiers together – All Quiet on the Western Front, Christmas Day, 1914 – Johns comments “General Headquarters trying to untangle what might well have been the world’s greatest binge, in order to re-start the world’s greatest slaughter, might have become the world’s greatest joke instead of the world’s greatest tragedy.  If anyone has a photo of the football match – and there is one somewhere – we should like to have a copy”)


Page 474 – By Air to the “White Man’s Grave” – by R. O.- S.


Page 476 – “Per Ardua Ad Astra” – J. Carmichael Earl (W. E. Johns son) – Fine Examples of Wartime Art from the Imperial War Museum


Page 482 – Contretemps at Longchamp – Capt. Rex Stocken




Page 485 – Going Down! A striking shot of a parachutist from an unusual angle – from the Terra film “Wonder of Flight”


Page 486 – Jagdgeschwader No. 1 – A brief history of Jagdgeschwader No. 1, the Richthofen Circus – John C. Hook


Page 490 – A Job of Work – How the Cannucks saw it Through – from our Canadian Correspondent – Edward Green




Pages 492 and 493 – The Centre Pages – The Way of the Eagle – Gliding in a Glorious Setting


Page 494 – Deep Sea Clippers – Don Glassman (the well known American scientific writer)

(“World’s First Mid-Ocean Air Base on Midway Island.  A Line of Ocean Air Stations Erected in Record Time”)


Page 496 – Flying Wires – Interesting News from all quarters


Page 498 – Para-Shoots – Drops of International News


Page 499 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Aeronauts versus Cyclists – A. Soden

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


Page 500 – Model Notes – On the Year’s Events – W. Rigby




Page 501 – We Laugh with the World


Page 502 – The Money Side of Flying – Financing Aviation – E. P. Nelson

(This article features an interesting chart showing the share value of many (now famous) aircraft companies)


Page 504 – Under the Windstocking

(“Letters from Readers appear on this page”

Subtitled “More about 40 Squadron and featuring a number of photographs)


 Page 505 - Notices

(One of the notices is headed “A Tip” and reads as follows “Genuine “War-Birds”, i.e. officers and other ranks who flew aeroplanes over hostile country during the war (which includes observers, of course) are invited to join a small number of their comrades who forgather for lunch on the first Thursday of every month at 1 o’clock precisely in the cocktail bar just inside the entrance of Lyons Popular Restaurant in Piccadilly.  No introduction other than bona fida credentials are necessary.  If you do not recognise anybody you know, ask for Taffy Jones, MacScotch, or W.E.J.”)

So there was a chance to actually meet W. E. Johns in person!


 Page 507 – Bandits of the Blue – Crooks who steal Aeroplanes – T. S. Denham




Page 508 – An advert for “Books for Boys” by Oxford University Press

(Featuring ‘The New Book of the Air’ and ‘Two New “Biggles” Stories’ – Biggles Flies East and Biggles Hits the Trail


Page 512 – An advert for The Worcestershire Flying School – Tilesford Aerodrome, Pershore


Page 514 – Aviation Bookshelf

(Reviews of Practical Air Navigation Simply Explained and Jagdstaffel 35)


Page 520 – The Buyers’ Log




On the inside back cover the John Hamilton book advert is back – advertising 14 books with illustrations of the dust jackets.  Titles include ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ co-written by W. E. Johns, and ‘Flying Planes and Aces’ by Johns


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