Volume 6 Number 6 (66 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 309 to page 368 (60 pages)
Page 314 – On High! – A photograph of trainee pilots on the “sunny side” during cloud flying practice.
Page 315 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns
(Not subtitled – Johns talks about problems with the Air Ministry, particularly the lack of publication of “The Air Pilot” – the airman’s Bible – when so many regulations refer to it. He also goes on to point out how complex it is to fly from Lympne to Southampton, a distance of only 110 miles that should take about 30 minutes and complain about the off-putting charges to land at Jersey Airport.)
Page 318 – The International Gliding Competition 1937 – Wasserkuppe, Germany – J. R. Ashwell Cooke
(The author went to Wasserkuppe for the meeting)
Pages 324 – Scout Versus Two-Seater – A Scout Pilot’s Reply – Captain J. E. Doyle, D.F.C.
(This article is a reply to an article in the May 1937 issue of Popular Flying where W. E. Johns exalts the two-seater at the expense of the scout)
Page 326 – “What I and my Friends did for Spain ….” – Major Rayneau
(“What you and your friends have done for Spain will never be forgotten by us” said General Franco to the author when he decorated him with the ribbon of the Order of Saint Ferdinand after the taking of Toledo. “While flying for Franco I participated in twenty-four air fights, I served as a spy in Madrid, I led one hundred and fifty Foreign Legionnaires into Toledo, I watched between twenty-five and fifty executions a day from a jail in Barcelona and, finally, I shot my best friend”. The killing of the author’s best friend was the shooting down of an opposing aircraft without the knowledge of whom the pilot was. When later he saw the pilot’s body it was a very close friend of his.)
Page 328 – Contacts Innumerable – J. D. V. Holmes
(“The following collection of experiences was gained during a four years’ air tour of Great Britain”)
Page 333 – McCudden on Air Fighting
(“Early in 1918, Major “Jimmy” McCudden , then at the height of his fame, was asked by the Air Ministry to write some notes for the guidance of fighter pilots then under training. We have just secured a copy of the report, which is reproduced below. – Ed”)
(An article about the first flight in Canada on February 23rd 1909.
A telegram about it was sent to a London newspaper by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.)
Page 337 – A colour full page advert for Lockheed Hydraulic Actuation
Pages 338 and 339 – The Centre Pages – Untitled – Six glossy black and white aviation photographs
(Items include the following – “It is estimated that between 2,000,000 and 3,000,000 photographs will be used in a great composite air map of the United States which is now being prepared” – a forerunner of Google Earth! Also, special cheap one-day return tickets are now available from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The return fares are: To Rotterdam £7, 10s and: To Amsterdam, £8, 5s.)
(An account of the trials of Ferdinand von Zeppelin in getting his dirigible built and flying. His first one cost £10,000 and flew at 20 mph when the land speed record was only 65 mph. The test flight was a triumph and then von Zeppelin was a popular and respected man.)