August 1936

Volume 5 Number 5  (53 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 Great Arena

The opening phase of an air combat on the Western Front in 1918.  A patrol of S.E.5’s engaging an enemy two-seater (Hannoverana) and its escort of Albatros Scouts.



This issue runs from page 229 to page 280 (52 pages)


Page 231 – An advert for “Who’s Who in British Aviation”


Page 232 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a small photograph of a biplane without any caption)




Page 234 – Leaving their trails behind them – A photograph of the sky above Hendon during the smoke event


Page 235 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Forever yesterday – Johns remembers his friends who died after seeing the planes at Hendon.

Overture to Gatwick – John remembers discussing its possibilities as a landing ground prior to becoming the Surrey Flying Club and now (in 1936) it is Gatwick Airport.  I wonder what he would think of it today ……)


Page 237 – Transport Tropicaux – Mrs. Tony Spooner


Page 241 – Putting the New into New Guinea – James Bragg (who has been flying recently in Papua)


Page 245 – Three Months with an Aeroplane in the Bolivian Jungle – and a take-off on cow skins – Kurt Severin


Page 248 – Memories of 60 Squadron – Major W. E. Molesworth, M.C.


Page 251 – Gosport – S. Keith Jopp


Page 253 – Modern Aircraft – The Boulton & Paul “Overstrand”




Pages 254 and 255 – The Centre Pages – “All the Winners” – The King’s Cup Air Race 1922 - 1935

(On Page 274 is a list of all the King’s Cup Air Race winners from 1922 – 1935,

including the aeroplane, engine, pilot, registration lettering and racing number details.)


Page 256 – 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)


Page 258 – Arctic Salvage – Edward Green (Our Special Canadian Correspondent)


Page 260 – Across the Sierra Nevadas with the Air Mail – Charles Kennett


Page 263 – HIT! – A tale of 1916 – by “Ensign”


Page 265 – A Useful Headgear for Elastic Models – Edward Sherbourne




Page 266 – Can you Smile?


Page 267 – Under the Windstocking

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

This page contains a box headed “An Anecdote” and one is outlined

 In the note at the bottom, Johns offers five shillings for humourous anecdotes – “They must be true”)


Page 268 – The Empire’s Strangest Airport – Basil Fullyer

(“Author of “Little-known Places of Empire” and Member of the Canadian Geographical Society”)


Page 270 – Flights of Fact – About Aeroplanes and Aviators




Page 274 – Aviation Bookshelf

(“Air Books reviewed by J.C.E” – The books reviewed this month include “Steely Flies Again” by W.E. Johns. This is another air thriller by Capt. W. E. Johns, Editor of Popular Flying.  The hero is Steeley Delevoy (sic), who, you may remember, made his bow in “Sky High”.  If you liked “Steeley”, or “Biggles”, you’ll like this one.  It’s no use saying any more; the Editor will only cut it if I do” – Also on this page is a list of the King’s Cup Air Race winners from 1922 – 1935, including the aeroplane, engine, pilot, registration lettering and racing number details.)


Page 280 – The Buyers’ Log


On the inside back cover there is no John Hamilton advert, instead there is a cigarette advert for De Reszke Minors – “The 10 – Minute Smoke for Intelligent Folk”


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