June 1936

Volume 5 Number 3  (51 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



The Hawker “Fury” – Roll-Royce “Kestrel” Engine



This issue runs from page 113 to page 168 (56 pages)


Page 116 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a small photograph with the caption

“A nice model “Bulldog” sent to us by a reader”)


Page 118 – Confidence Needed Here – An American transport aeroplane gives sight-seers a bird’s-eye view of Niagra


Page 119 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled “Time Marches On” – Johns criticises the League of Nations for doing nothing while Mussolini has won his war in Abyssinia (Eithiopia).  “A League of Nations.  Pah!  Don’t make me sick.  A league of rabbits”.  Later on in a very interesting section headed “What you Want” Johns talks of receiving 5,850 postcard questionnaires and his comments on the statistics are set out on Page 121 above)


Page 122 – The Abyssinian Air Force – Orloff De Wet


Page 124 – Aviation in New Zealand – Southern Alps Service – A Boom Year Ahead – F. Stewart




Page 127 – Kriegsgefangenenlager (War Prisoners Camp – W. E. J(ohns)

(Johns writes about his experiences as a prisoner of war)


Page 131 – Modern Aircraft – No. 4 – The Sikorsky S-42-A


Page 132 – McElroy of “Forty” – F. T. Gilbert (Late of 40 Squadron R.F.C.)


Page 134 – A Forced Landing in Africa – G. D. Flemming


Page 136 – The Future of Britain’s Air Transport – William Courtenay

(Air Correspondent of the London “Evening Standard”)


Page 138 – A Desert Flying Club – R. Goodwin-Smith

(Gliders, Thrills, and a Drop into Shark-Haunted Sea)




Pages 140 and 141 – The Centre Pages – “Pretty to Watch” – Smart Work by the United States Air Corps


Page 142 – Flying Wires – From All Quarters

(These brief news items again make no reference to the very first Spitfire flight which took place on 5th March 1936.  They do contain an astonishing amounts of deaths in flying and parachuting accidents though …… )


Page 144 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(Features a detailed review of ‘The Battle Below’ by Wing-Commander H. N. Wrigley about the history of No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps and deals in detail with the death of Manfred von Richthofen.  The review goes into great detail about the various accounts of the death of ‘The Red Baron’ and makes very interesting reading)


Page 146 – Rubber Motors for the Aeromodellist – D. A. Russell


Page 149 – Smuggling Chinks by Air – Charles Kennett

(“Mr. Kennet’s (sic) first article appeared last month; this is a continuation of it”)


Page 156 – Under the Windstocking

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

The letters include another one from ‘Holme Lacy, Herefordshire’ just a few miles away from where I live.

 Captain R. Gordon Berry was the correspondent.


Page 168 – The Buyers’ Log


On the inside back cover is the usual John Hamilton book advert, this time for the “Ace” series.  10 new titles – as well as 23 titles already published.  There is then the Airman’s Bookshelf with another 15 titles and finally “announcing The Aircraft Modeller’s Guide”.  All 9 of Johns books published to date are included in these 26 titles.


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