September 1936

Volume 5 Number 6  (54 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 281 to page 332 (52 pages)




Page 282 – Contents Page

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

“Egyptian Flight.  Refueling in the Desert”.

On the same page is a John Hamilton book advert for 11 books but not including any of W. E. Johns books)




Page 284 – Things That Have Come.  A remarkable picture of the Zeppelin Hindenburg, like a beam of light as she passes seemingly between the towers of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, after taking off from Lakehurst


Page 285 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – The State of Things to Come – “I am doing my day’s good turn.  When the poor wretch who is sitting in this chair in the year 2936 editing the September issue of the 1005th volume of Popular Flying, wants to find an excuse for the failure of Britain to get into the first three in the Annual Interplanetary Race round the Solar System, he will be bound to make some passing comment on the beginning of the decline and fall of the British Empire through the failure of its leaders to grasp the importance of Air Power.  Then, instead of having to work it out for himself, all he will have to do will be to turn up his back numbers and find it is already written for him”)


Page 288 – Wings Over Northern Europe – Jhr. Fr. Van Reighersberg Versluys

(“A delightful twenty hours flight by Regular Air Services from Holland through the Border States of the Baltic and Scandinavia”)


Page 292 – After Richthofen’s Death – A Brief Account of the Subsequent History of the Richthofen Squadron –

by “Vigilant”

(On page 293 there is a photograph of “Richthofen’s Albatros as it is preserved to-day in the Luftfahrt Museum, Berlin.  In this machine he scored most of his victories”)


Page 297 – The Naming of Aircraft – W. R. A. Walters


Page 298 – China Spreads her Wings – Harrison Forman


Page 302 – The Deicke Aeroplane

(“Some time ago we published a photograph of a new light-weight, low-priced aeroplane which has just been produced in Germany.  It resulted in a large number of enquiries which we were unable to answer because the details of the machine had not reached us.  We at once endeavoured to repair this by getting into touch with Herr Arthur Deicke, of Munich, the inventor, and we are now able to give the following particulars”)


Page 304 – Flying Wires – Interesting News from all quarters

(These brief news items again make no reference to the very first Spitfire flight which took place on 5th March 1936)




Pages 306 and 307 – The Centre Pages – “Birdmen – Then and Now”


Page 308 – Under the Hood – G. I. Myers and Howard Kaster

(“Reactions of the student to modern instrument and beam flight training as practised in the United States”)


Page 312 – The First Solo Flight from the Philippines to China – Charles Kennett


Page 314 – Animal Aviators – F. H. Maberley, M.D.


Page 316 – Modern Aircraft – The Miles “Falcon”


Page 317 – Aviation Bookshelf


Page 318 – The Silk Stocking - A Short Story – Reginald Sunnucks


Page 320 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence, conducted by the Editor

 – The letters include “How Major McCudden, V. C. was killed” by a reader, who does not want his name published, who was actually standing on the aerodrome at the time and witnessed the whole thing.  He was taking off on a routine flight when his engine failed and he crashed into a wood.  He wasn’t killed outright but died shortly afterwards)


Page 329 – An advert for a Cessna C34, four-seat, high performance cabin monoplane

(This is the first reference to a Cessna that I have seen)


Page 332 – The Buyers’ Log




On the inside back cover there is a particularly interesting advert by Newnes for ‘Sky High’, ‘Steeley Flies Again’ and mentioning that ‘Murder by Air’ is coming soon.  The advert also mentions ‘Blue Blood Runs Red’ being published under the nom-de-plume of ‘John Earlie’.  In fact the spelling of the surname when published was “Early”.

The advert is accompanied by a (now fairly well known) caricature of W. E. Johns by RICH.


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