February 1937

Volume 5 Number 11  (59 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 549 to page 604 (56 pages)


Page 550 – Contents Page

(The contents page is by an advert for Wills’s Gold Flake)


Page 552 – Crossing the Bar – A Mediterranean patrol.  Hawker Rolls-Royce “Ospreys” over Alexandria Harbour


Page 553 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – The Airports Question – “Years and years ago one or two far-sighted people realised that aviation in this country could never become serious business until someone, somehow, produced planes near towns where aeroplanes could land.  They said so, and they were right.  And the older I get the more I realise how right they were”)


Page 555 – This Aerodrome Business – R. Ashley Hall  (Chairman, Aerodrome Owners’ Association)


Page 559 – Modern Aircraft – The Heston “Phoenix”


Page 560 – Airport Lighting – Capt. C. E. Ward

(“Scientific lighting at an airport is an absolute necessity if public transport is to be conducted with safety and regularity”)



Page 564 – “Det var frammande flygare i Nordnorge.  Ryska krigsfartyg och flygare nargangna” – What’s Going On? – Mark R. Rascovick

(“This account of strange happenings over Scandinavia has been sent to us by a Swedish correspondent, Mr. M. R. Rascovick,

who forwards also a number of newspaper clippings, of which the above are examples, to show how much concern is being felt

about the mysterious ghost-flyers of the North”)


Page 566 – Economy with Efficiency

(“The London Gliding Club’s Headquarters”)


Page 567 – The Aeroplane and Architecture – by C. N.

(“Candid Criticism of an International Architect”)


Page 569 – Army Co-Operation, 1916 – Major J. B. Gould

(A brilliant account of how the author (the pilot) and his gunner were sent out to spot a new heavy German gun and how they were shot down and both badly wounded in the process.  But they photographed the gun and in due course it was put out of action)


Page 571 – Flying Films

(Three stills from the film “Lost Horizon” - or ‘Lost Horizons’ as the article calls it)


Page 572 – War Flying Adventure in Russia – C. E. Buck

(An account of fighting with the “White Russians” against the Red Russian “Bolshevic menace which threatened them”.  The author’s plane is forced to land and his pilot was “bayoneted to death before my eyes”.  The article details the author’s experiences as a prisoner until he was repatriated)


Page 575 – Flying Wires – News in Brief from Far and Near

(One item of news of interest is

“Danger signal.  During 1933-34 Japan imported from Australia 45,273 tons of iron-ore.   In the year 1934-1935 the figure jumped to 250,000 tons”)



Pages 576 and 577 – The Centre Pages – Bird Flight – “Wonderful Photographic Studies in a New Book”


Page 578 – The Camera and Aviation – A. C. Hamilton

(“Our last article on this subject evoked so much comment that we present another,

by a well-known amateur whose work has sometimes appeared in P.F. – (Ed.)”)


Page 580 – Naval Eight – (Concluded from last month)


Page 582 – The Design of Petrol-Engined Model Planes – D. A. Russell


Page 586 – I Join the Caterpillar Club – O. R. Richards

(An account of how a stunting accident led to an emergency descent by parachute)



Page 588 – Can You Smile?


Page 590 – Aviation Bookshelf

(“Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft” by Leonard Bridgeman is reviewed.  The reviewer says “Try and get hold of a copy of the 1919 edition; it contains all the photographs, G.A. drawings and specifications, of nearly all the machines built during the war”.

Also on this page is a small advert about the reprinting of the “6 Magnificent Art Plates” given away in the March 1936 to August 1936 editions of ‘Popular Flying’)



Page 591 – An advert for K.L.G. Sparking Plugs


Page 592 – Diplomatic Mail – Abu Hakkaiyat

(An account of “carrying the diplomatic mail from Baghdad to Teheran”)


Page 598 – Change of Address

(“Will readers please note that the address of “Popular Flying” has been changed to Tower House, Southampton Street, Strand, London. W.C.2.  Telephone Temple Bar 4363”)


Page 602 – On this page of advertising there is an advert for the following:-

(“Become a ClevelanD fan – latest arrivals:  R.59 Hawker Hurricane – 3’4 each, post paid U.K.”

This is the first advert I have seen in’ Popular Flying’ for a model of the Hurricane.  I haven’t seen one at all for the Spitfire)


Page 604 – The Buyers’ Log


Inside Back Cover – “Here is – Railton Holden” – An advert by Newnes publishers for the books of this author

(This advert features a caricature of the author similar to the one of W. E. Johns used in a previous edition of ‘Popular Flying’ )


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