September 1937

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)



Inside Front Cover – Rolls-Royce Advert



Page 310 – An Advert for Greys Cigarettes

(Make sure you give your children the right cigarettes is the thrust of this advert.

“The best of parents are apt to forget that many children need to be coaxed into taking their cocktails.  For this purpose there is nothing to equal Greys”)


Page 312 – Contents Page

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


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)


Page 323 – Modern Aircraft – The Wicko Cabin Monoplane


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”)


Page 335 – An Historic Flight – (Possibly the first aeroplane flight in the British Empire)

(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


Page 340 – The Royal Air Force at Work - Four glossy black and white photographs


Page 341 – Flying Wires – Brief News from Far and Near

(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.)


Page 342 – The Birth of the Zeppelin Airship – Alan Hess

(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.)


Page 348 – Technical Training for the Aircraft Industry – Capt. J. Laurence Pritchard, Hon F.R.Ae.S. Secretary of the Royal Aeronautical Society

(This article says that – and bear in mind this is 1937 – “To take a University degree a student may be certain there won’t be much change out of £700 - £1000.  The fees at the various technical schools for a two to four-year course vary from about £250 to £300.  At Southampton University the total cost for a three-year course will come under £500 and at Hull the fees are less still.  These figures can only give an approximate idea of costs.”)


Page 357 – A half page advert for George Newnes Ltd books – “Air Fiction That Rings True”

(This includes two W.E. Johns books – “Sky High” and “Steeley Flies Again”)


Page 358 – Under the Windstocking

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

“Will readers please note once again that only enquiries enclosing stamped addressed envelopes can be answered through the post?  Queries about enlistment into the Royal Air Force, or appointments in aviation, will not in any case be answered.  In the first case conditions of service can be obtained from the Air Ministry, or the nearest Recruiting Office; in the second, we are not – as many people seem to assume – a sort of Labour Exchange-cum-Employment Agency.”)


Page 359 – Aviation Bookshelf

(Four books reviewed)


Page 368 – The Buyers’ Log


Inside Back Cover – An advert for Classic Curly Cut – “Cut in Curls – for a definite reason”


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