March 1936

Volume 4 Number 12  (48 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 of Popular Flying magazine contained a free supplementary print illustrated by Howard Leigh



Vickers “Wellesley” Monoplane – Bristol “Pegasus” Engine



This issue runs from page 633 to page 684 (52 pages)


Page 634 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a small photograph with the caption “The Sopwith Camel of the late Major Barker, V.C.  A photo taken on the Indian Front during the War”)


Page 636 – For Bravery – His late Majesty King George V (of blessed memory) pinning a medal on the tunic of an airman during the Great War


Page 637 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not subtitled – This page features a photograph of King Edward VIII – The first English King to fly.

Johns talks about the importance of having a King)


Page 640 – Wings Over Hawaii – A Fine Record of Achievement – J. C. Roby


Page 644 – Dr. Johnson on Aeronautics – W. R. A. Walters


Page 646 – Billy Bishop – Air Fighter – Colonel George Drew

(“A short history of the career of the leading British surviving War Ace by a Canadian friend who is also an historian”)


Page 651 – And The Women Helped, Too!


Page 652 – Sabotage in the Blue? – Alfred Cellier

(“Although some months have now elapsed since Pilot A. H. Skaer, Junr., disappeared into the blue whilst testing a new $100,000 Northrop fighting aeroplane, nothing has been heard of either pilot or machine, so presumably the story will go down on the long list of air mysteries.  We asked our American correspondent to get the facts for us, and the following is what he says – after explaining in a letter that everyone concerned with the affair has had orders to remain mum”)


Page 654 – Bomb-Proof Cities of the Future – Architects now busy on Civilisation’s most vital problem


Page 655 – Air Survey – The aeroplane looks down upon the unknown


Page 656 – Para-Shoots – Drops of International News




Pages 658 and 659 – The Centre Pages – “Eyes on the Mark!” – An illustration by Frank L. Westley


Page 660 – Flying Wires – News from Home Airports


Page 662 – Mazingrabe and Mannock - McScotch


Page 666 – The Magic Carpet – Reginald Sunnucks


Page 670 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence, conducted by the Editor”)




Page 674 – Aviation Bookshelf

(Books reviewed include “Sky High” by W.E. Johns – “In short, he is a Raffles of the air”

“If you liked Biggles, you will certainly like Steeley.  Get “Sky High” for you will be hearing more about him presently, and the first volume introduces the character.  W.E.J. tells me that a sequel is already on the way”)




Page 680 – Features an advert for Sky High by Captain W. E. Johns together with an illustration of the book


Page 684 – The Buyers’ Log


On the inside back cover the usual John Hamilton book advert is replaced by an advert for a

“Frog” Push Moth model monoplane


Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is Frank L. Westley