July 1937

Volume 6 Number 4  (64 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 133 to page 252 (80 pages)


Inside Front Cover – An Advert for the Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd. Featuring the “Blenheim Bomber”


Page 178 – Contents Page

(The contents page is by an advert for British Airways – “Popular Flying to Popular Paris!”)



Page 180 – Riding the Storm – A photograph of the aircraft carrier ‘Glorious’ being carried high on a rising wave


Page 181 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not subtitled – Johns talks about the Hindenburg disaster (which occurred on 6th May 1937) and also mentions that this issue of Popular Flying – at 80 pages – is the largest ever.  Johns comments on a recent Cabinet reshuffle and speculates what would happen “if the head of the Pig Marketing Board changed places with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Archbishop took on Mr. Gordon Selfridge’s job and Mr. Selfridge took over Alexander Korda’s film studios, and Mr. Korda ran the Southern Railway.  But nothing happens when Cabinet Ministers swop their jobs.  Which all leads me to suspect that they can’t be very different ……..”)


Page 184 – The Expanded Royal Air Force – What the New Air Force Means – E. Colston-Shepherd



 the author comments on “the ridiculously small wing of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter”)


Page 188 – The Navy and the Air – Leonard Bridgman

(“So long as the air remained unconquered there was every justification for regarding the Navy as England’s Sure Shield”)


Pages 192 – Aviation in the Dominions – Canada – by our Canadian Correspondent

(An article about the Royal Canadian Air Force formed some 19 years previously)


Page 194 – New Zealand – The Origin and Growth of the R.N.Z.A.F. – Henry Hall

(This article continues from the one about Canada that preceded it.  It continues on page 223 where there is a note “we had hoped to include Australia and South Africa in this series, but unfortunately the manuscripts have not been received from the countries concerned.

They will appear at a later date”)


Page 196 – Be and Airman – Group Captain E. R-C. Nanson, C.B.E, D.S.C., A.F.C, R.A.F. (Retd.) – Inspector of Recruiting, Royal Air Force

(“In the dim but not dismal past it was pretty difficult to become an airman.  Selections were chiefly made from those who were already serving in the Navy or Army, and the competition was great ……..”)


Page 198 – A Crash from an Unusual Cause – by “Old Timer”

(“As I looked down at the “joy stick”, I saw that it had broken – “come off in me ‘and” in fact ……..)


Page 200 – Modern Aircraft – The Tipsy “B” Two-Seater


Page 201 – Aerobatics in Peace and War – by The Editor (W. E. Johns)

(Johns article contains an interesting fact.  “Possibly Richthofen provides the classic instance of the non-stunting pilot.

He never stunted.  One of his curious boasts was that he had never looped the loop in his life, and never wanted to”)


Page 203 – Initiative and the Royal Air Force – Nigel Tangye

(Pilots not being allowed to fly in bad weather is given as one example that “without initiative an airman is a pretty useless man at his job”)



Pages 206 and 207 – A double page advert for ‘Cleveland Discol’ – “Alcohol for Flying Horse Power”)


Page 208 – A Little-Known British War Ace – Capt. Murlis Green – by John Hook


Page 210 – Seaplane Log – F. D. Silwood, A.F.C.

(“The job of seaplane pilot on active service in Home Waters during the Great War, although lacking the excitement and peril of his overseas contemporary, the fighter pilot, was not all beer and skittles)



Page 211 – A colour full page advert for Lockheed Hydraulic Actuation



Pages 212 and 213 – The Centre Pages – The Royal Air Force at Work



Page 214 – a colour full page advert for the Royal Air Force display at Hendon – Saturday, June 26th 1937



Page 215 – A Memorable Flight – Landing an R.E.8 without Extensions – Ex-Sergt. G. Eddington, M.M.


Page 218 – Flying Wires – Brief News from Far and Near


Page 221 – An advert for MG – “For space …  For grace …  For pace …”



Page 224 – Can you Smile?


Page 226 – My African Flight – H. L. Brook

(This article in on pages 226 and 228.  On page 227 is a full page advert for “Lodge” – that says “London – Cape Town – London

       For his record flight Mr. H. L. Brook – Percival Gull - D.H. Gipsy Engine – relied as usual on Lodge – the best plug in the world”.

       The full page advert on page 229 for Catrol XXL also refers to H. L. Brook)


Page 230 – Royal Air Force Equipment in Miniature – by “Balsa”

(This article is about model aircraft)


Page 240 - Footnote

(This article interesting footnote says “Some time ago the batman of the late Capt. Beauchamp-Proctor, V.C., got into touch with me.  I have lost his address.  If he sees this, will be please write to Miss. F. Beauchamp-Proctor, P.O. Box 36, Cape Town, South Africa – W.E.J.”)



Page 241 – An advert for Hawker Aircraft Ltd featuring the Hawker “Hurricane” Fighter


Page 244 – An advert for the Royal Air Force Display, Hendon, Saturday, 26th June

(This quarter page advert gives the entrance prices.  Car tickets 10/- and 5/-.  Boxes (to seat 6) £4, £5 and £7)


Page 252 – The Buyers’ Log


Inside Back Cover – An advert for John Hamilton for Aviation Literature


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