April 1937

Volume 6 Number 1  (61 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 1 to page 56 (56 pages)



Inside Front Cover – Rolls-Royce Advert


Page 2 – Contents Page

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


Page 4 – Over the Hills and Far Away – A photograph of a Pan American Douglas, with Mount Aconcagua in the background


Page 5 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not subtitled – Johns talks about his recent holiday abroad and comments on the various freedoms in Europe

 – such as being able to drink alcohol after 10.30 pm.  Again, the Editorial is unusually short, taking up only one page)


Page 6 – Mapping the World by Camera – Air Photography – The Robot Pilot – An Ideal Survey Plane – Captain C. E. Ward

(“The probability that a general small-scale air survey of the Empire and the complete revision by air of the Ordnance maps of the British Isles will be undertaken in due course is of great importance to aviation.  On the technical, commercial and practical sides there are opportunities for capital, and for personnel to be trained to deal with one of the most fascinating jobs one can imagine – mapping the world by camera”

- I wonder what the author would think of Google Earth?)


Page 10 – A Kirby Kite in the High Veld – P. A. Wills

(The Author is the holder of the British Gliding Distance Record – 104 miles)


Page 12 – Aeroplanes End Fish Poaching – Edward Green (Our Canadian Correspondent)

(An account of how aircraft is used to stop Salmon poachers in British Columbia)


Page 15 – Modern Aircraft – The Dart “Kitten”


Page 16 – A Royal “Shoot” – Major J. R. Gould

(An account of the co-operation between gun battery and aeroplane in 1916 during the Great War)


Page 18 – Timing Races in the Air – A. G. Reynolds

(Official Timekeeper of the R.A.C., the Royal Aero Club, and the F.A.I. ,the Federation Aeronautique Internationale,

Mr. Reynolds, who is probably the best-known “timer” in the world, has been doing this work for about twenty years”)


Page 19 – Instruction Then and Now – Captain Duncan Davis

(“When I first became connected with aviation some two years before the Great War,

the art of teaching flying as we now know it was almost non-existent ………….”)


Page 20 – The Polish Air Force – A. T. Lutoslawski

(An interesting article about an Air Force that would be totally destroyed in the first weeks of September 1939 by the invading Germans)


Page 22 – Flying Wires – Brief News from Far and Near

(No mention of the Spitfire here)


Page 24 – The Adventures of Two Air Girls – Pauline Gower

(A short story)


Page 26 – Flying in Ceylon – A. L. N. de Silva

(Following previous notes on Empire aviation, we are glad to have this first-hand information about the position in “The Garden of the World”)



Page 27 – More Royal Air Force Crests



Pages 28 and 29 – The Centre Pages – Deck Landing – Old Style


Page 30 – More Flights of Fact

(These pages include, amongst other things “An Air Minded Public School” – An article about Highgate School which has installed various aero engines for the pupils to dismantle)


Page 32 – Design, Performance, Estimation and Flight Testing of Petrol ‘Planes – Part 3 – Airscrew Design and Flight Testing


Page 36 – The Ghost Pilot – Major W. Molesworth

(A supernatural story)



Page 39 – In Lighter Vein


Page 40 – Midland Enterprise

(An account of the Northamptonshire Aero Club at Sywell)


Page 42 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(5 books are reviewed)



Page 45 – Another British Ace

(A signed photo accompanies some details about Capt. Robert Alexander Little, D.S.O. (and bar) D.S.C. (and bar))


Page 47 – An advert for Greys Cigarettes

(A slightly risqué cartoon, showing a woman in a bath but I particularly like the footnote

 “Twenty ordinary cigarettes a day, says a doctor, can do a smoker no harm”)


Page 48 – An advert by John Hamilton Limited publishers for three of their books (none by W.E. Johns)


Page 53 – An advert by Newnes publishers for three of their books including “Steeley Flies Again” by W.E. Johns) 


Page 55 – An advert by the Model Aircraft Stores for “Britains’s Breeziest Baby Engine – The Spitfire”) 


Page 56 – The Buyers’ Log


Inside Back Cover – Adverts for Player’s Airman Navy Cut tobacco and The British Aviation Insurance Co. Ltd.


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