May 1937

Volume 6 Number 2  (62 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 57 to page 112 (56 pages)



Inside Front Cover – Rolls-Royce Advert featuring The Hawker “Hurricane”


Page 58 – Contents Page

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


Page 60 – Have a Smoke? – An Italian Smoke-Flying Squadron does its stuff.  Blotting Out a target.

We have no smoke-flying units yet, but we have a smoke event at the R.A.F. Display.


Page 61 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not subtitled – Johns talks about the rush to spend money on building an Air Force after his earlier calls to do so were rejected, he talks of the death of Christopher Sprigg in Spain who was the author “Arthur Cave” and talks about how he was sold a story by “Gordon Harker” published in the March 1937 issue, only to find that it was not by Gordon Harker at all! –This Editorial covers two pages)


Page 63 – Air Accidents and Ice – A straight left on a subject of topical interest and considerable importance – by “Quaestor”

(W. E. Johns says of this article “On the next page you will read another bit of intelligent anticipation, which is the modern expression of prophecy”)



Page 65 – Island Hopping in the West Indies – Joanna Railton

(This account of a flight in the Caribbean is also of interest for the account of meeting an escapee from the French Penal Colony in French Guiana, which reminds me of “Papillon” – one of the best films ever made and my favourite book)


Pages 68 and 69 – The World on Wings


Page 70 -  Now For The Atlantic – Jim Mollison

(“Jim Mollison holds the record for direct Atlantic crossings, so he knows, more than any other living man,

the sort of conditions Atlantic pilots are likely to meet”)


Page 73 – What I Saw in Spain – Nigel Tangye

(An account of the Spanish Civil War – including an astonishing story of a Russian pilot who was forced to parachute to safety over enemy troops and pretended to shot himself to stop them shooting at him!  He survived, although badly burnt, and made it to hospital.)


Page 76 – The Atlantic Air Race – William Courtenay

(An account of “the greatest Air Race ever organised”)


Page 78 – Scout versus Two Seater – by The Editor (W. E. Johns)

(Johns five page article is illustrated with pictures drawn by Howard Leigh)


Page 83 – Air Adventure in Abyssinia – C. F. Hayter

(An article by the pilot of the British Red Cross plane to Abyssinia)



Pages 84 and 85 – The Centre Pages – The Abyssinian Adventure – A Pictorial Record of Italy’s Abyssinian Campaign


Page 88 – The Future of the Helicopter – M. Louis Breguet


Page 90 – Flying Wires – Brief News from Far and Near


Page 92 – Modern Aircraft – The Lockheed “Electra” 10a


Page 96 – Under the Windstocking

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


Page 98 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(3 books are reviewed)



Page 100 – Our Jokes Page


Page 104 – Delivering the Goods – J. Jay

(“Air transport will play a major part in rushing prints of the Coronation film to every cinema in the world”)



Page 106 – An advert by Newnes publishers for two of their books, “Sky High” and “Steeley Flies Again” by W.E. Johns 


Page 108 – An advert for Ramsgate Aviation Holiday Camp


Page 112 – The Buyers’ Log


Inside Back Cover – An advert for John Hamilton Ltd books – The ever popular “Ace” series – nine new titles plus two other non-fiction titles


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