February 1936

Volume 4 Number 11  (47 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 577 to page 632 (56 pages)


Page 580 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a small photograph with the caption “The late Alberto Santos Dumont in the machine in which he made the first officially observed “hop” in Europe in 1906”)


Page 582 – Clouds to the right of them; Clouds to the left of them …. – A photograph of five Hawker “Demons”


Page 583 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled “De Profundis” – “So we have climbed off the high horse.  Or were we pushed?”  Johns talks about the threat to the Mediterranean Fleet from Mussolini’s Air Force and only now are the Admiralty and the War Office waking up to it.  The importance and superiority of air power was something Johns and others have spoken of for years.  “It will, I hear, take four years to put things right.  Four years!  That’s how far we are behind.  Shall we be given so much time?  Hitler aims to be ready in eighteen months ……..”)


Page 585 – 1936 A Year of Promise – William Courtenay


Page 586 – By Air from Singapore to London – 8323 miles in the “Arethusa” – Lily Eustace Jameson


Page 590 – The Low-Down on the U-Boat Business – Capt. J. A. Sinclair


Page 595 – Modern Aircraft (No. 2) – The Westland F.7/30 Fighter


Page 596 – The Flying Doctor – Goes his rounds in Australia – by “Queenslander”


Page 598 – Steam Power Units for Aircraft – J. L. Beilschmidt


Page 601 – Teaching a Madman to Fly – Thrills of a pilot instructor at a London aerodrome – Capt. R. G. Griffith


Page 603 – “Popular Flying” Presents – “Caught by the Camera” – A picture gallery of the world’s best air photographs




Pages 604 and 605 – The Centre Pages – A selection of photographs continuing from Page 603




Page 606 – High Times at Hollywood

(“Quite a number of Hollywood stars appear in popular flying in more senses than one.  Many of them are pilots and others use the aeroplane as a regular way of getting about”)


Page 608 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Flight-Lieut. G. W. Higgs, R.A.F. (Retd.)

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


Page 611 – Flying Wires – News from Home Airports


Page 612 – Gliding During 1935 – J. R. Ashwell-Cooke


Page 614 – Gambling with Death – Alfred Cellier

(“Testing war machines is a man’s job.  We have described British methods in a previous article;

this is how they do it in the United States”)


Page  615 – Aviation Bookshelf


Page 616 – The Money Side – Aircraft Accessories – by E. P. N.


Page 617 – The World’s First Air, Water and Ground Terminus – Don Glassman (Our New York Correspondent)


Page 618 – Para-Shoots – Drops of International News


Page 619 – Can it be done? –

(“Will man ever be able to hover in the air like a bird?  New attempts to fly only by the power of the human muscles”)


Page 620 – The Heliotrope Cloud – A Complete Story – William J. Elliott


 Page 628 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence”

“Warbirds Lunch Notice – Alteration of Rendezvous – Will prospective lunchers please note that the next lunch will be held at the EIGHT-THIRTY CLUB, 25 Newport Court, London. W.C.2.  Time: 12 noon for 1 o’clock”

One letter is from Holme Lacey, Herefordshire – just a few miles from where I live – and criticises the suggestion of a previous correspondent that Manfred von Richthofen be erased from journalistic efforts for a year)


 Page 630 – The Editor’s Cockpit continues and features a Stop Press

(“Next month will see the commencement of a series of colour plates, in supplement form.  Get your frames ready, and if you have not already done so, order your POPULAR FLYING.  W.E.J.”)


Page 632 – The Buyers’ Log


On the inside back cover the John Hamilton book advert has the heading “The ACE Series, Two New Titles” and “The Airman’s Bookshelf, Two New Titles” – In all 8 books are advertised and none of them are by W. E. Johns.


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

The cover is a Shell advert and the same picture was used again on the April 1934 and December 1934 covers