November 1937

Volume 6 Number 8  (68 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 425 to page 484 (60 pages)


Page 427 – An Advert for Airports Limited

(“We have pleasure in announcing that in accordance with the new policy of the Company, no landing fees will be charged to private owners of aircraft when landing at Gatwick or Gravesend”)


Page 428 – Contents Page

(The contents page is by an advert for Air France)


Page 430 – Dawn Patrol – A photograph of a Hawker Demon of No. 64 Squadron, silhouetted against a dawn sky during recent exercises.


Page 431 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not subtitled – Johns goes into some detail about a recent holiday in France and says he went to the pictures there and saw a graphic film about the bombing of Shanghai – “War isn’t war any longer.  It is just wholesale carnage, the turning of a town into a vast slaughter house.  What have these poor devils of Chinese done, whose mangled remains I saw being forked into carts like so much manure?”.  “I’ll tell you this.  Conscription or no conscription, I shall never drop another bomb – unless it be on the Japanese war-lords’ headquarters.  And I would do, at this moment, with the greatest possible satisfaction, for even now, when I close my eyes, I can still see that dreadful picture of Shanghai.”)


Page 433 – King’s Cup Air Race - 1937

(“The sixteenth race has been flown and won”)



Page 434 – Lessons of the Atlantic Flights – by “Atlantis”

(“A memorable and magnificent accomplishment has just been completed by pilots of Imperial Airways.  This is the conquest of the Atlantic Ocean by air – the last great air route which for nearly 20 years has both attracted the adventurous and defied subjection.  The completion of ten crossings between England and America via the hazardous direct route by those two courageous Commanders Capt. A. S. Wilcockson and Capt. G. J. Powell and their men, is the most solid triumph of which civil aviation can yet boast.”  The picture that accompanies this article shows a Liner that looks remarkably like the “Titanic”.  This is the “Aquitania” which was launched exactly a year and a week after the “Titanic” sank on 14th April 1912)


Pages 438 – Trans – Canada – The story behind the trans-Canada air mail – Edward Green


Page 442 – Haven of the War Birds – W. J. Boylhart

(A fascinating article about the Jarrett Museum of World War History, on a large New Jersey farm in the United States)



Page 445 – War Birds on Parade (2) – How many can you name? - Six glossy black and white photographs of aircraft from the Great War

(“No prize is offered for correct solutions, but the Editor will present a book to the reader who sends in the first correct list.  The Editor’s decision must be final.  Last month’s list: (1) S.E. 4; (2) D.H. 3; (3) Sopwith Bulldog; (4) Hamble Baby; (5) Westlake Wagtail; (6) Grain Griffin.)


Page 446 – Planes and Personalities – by “Observer”


 Page 448 – So That Fools May Fly – W. R. A. Walters

(An article about various flying inventions)


Page 450 – Erich Loewenhardt – Pour le Merite – German Ace – John C. Hook

(“Loewenhardt, with 54 victories to his credit, ranks third on the list of German Aces and was at 20 years of age on of the youngest recipients of the Pour le Merite.”)



Page 452 – An Artist who Foresaw the Air Raid

(Three futuristic pictures by the artist Albert Robida,  born in Spain in 1848, but who lived and worked in Paris, who painted aerial wars in 1869)


Page 453 – A colour full page advert for Lockheed “Airdraulic” Shock-Absorber Struts



Pages 454 and 455 – The Centre Pages – Untitled – Five glossy black and white aviation photographs


Page 456 – “Event Unadorned” – a glossy full page advert for the British Power Boat Company


Page 457 – Modern Aircraft – The Percival “Mew Gull”


 Page 458 – Spanish Gold – Charles Kennett

(The Author’s account of going to Spain to bring a cargo of precious heirlooms back to the safety of England)


 Page 461 – Bristol “Blenheim” Bombers in the Royal Air Force

(“The first of the new type aircraft to come into service in considerable numbers is the “Bristol” Blenheim Bomber, and its phenomenal speed – approaching 300 m.p.h. – and exceptionally high performance have set a new standard that is altering the whole conception of air operations)


Page 462 – National Gliding Contests, 1937


Page 464 – Flying Wires – Brief News from Far and Near



Page 466 – Squadron Crests of the Royal Air Force – Fourth Series


Page 468 – Slipstream



Page 472 – Aviation Bookshelf

(Three books are reviewed  – one is “Biggles Flies West” by Capt. W. E. Johns who says

“It was good fun writing this story, but it gave me a crack to turn up £30, to buy a doubloon to see what this not-so-common coin was like.

Stop me and I’ll let you have a look at it”.)


Page 484 – The Buyers’ Log


Inside Back Cover – Advert for Minors cigarettes and the British Aviation Insurance Co. Ltd



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