Volume 7 Number 2 (74 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 108 (52 pages)
Page 60 – The Eye that Misses Nothing – A striking example of composite photography for which it is difficult to find a title.
Page 61 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns
(Subtitled – Booze and Bunkum – Johns sounds off against accusations that those in the R.A.F. drink too much. He talks of his experiences in the First World War. “There was a fair amount of drinking done in the R.F.C. I should be the last one to deny that. A lot of fellows started the day on a stiff whisky, and by thunder, they needed it. If they were lucky they ended the day with a dose of the same medicine. Again, by thunder, they needed it. I know. By September, 1918, when the Huns were as thick as midges over a midden on a summer’s evening. I started the day with a half-bottle of champagne. We were in the champagne country, and it cost next to nothing, chiefly because there was a chance of the Huns breaking through, in which case the French vintners would have got nix for it. It got the old arteries moving again. And don’t anybody who has not done any war flying write to me and say that I was a naughty boy.”)
Page 62 – Perkins’ Pills and Cadman’s Mustard – by “Quaestor”
(I don’t know who “Quaestor” is – whether it is W. E. Johns or not – but this article continues from page 62 where Johns ends his editorial and it runs as if it was part of his editorial. The subject under discussion is the things that are wrong with Civil Aviation in general and the Department of Civil Aviation in particular)
(“We do not, by the publication of the following notes, associate ourselves with either side in the Spanish War. The information has come into our hands, so here it is for what it is worth. Information emanating from either side will receive the same treatment. As we have said before, we are interested only in the flying angle, and not with politics”)
Page 68 – All Eyes on the Azores – William Courtenay
(“This article discussed the use of the Azores – owned by Portugal – as a trans-atlantic air base for the North Atlantic air route”)
Page 70 – Aerial War on the Mosquito – Major E. B. Brasier-Creagh, M.C.
(“An account of the work undertaken by the Mosquito Patrol in India”)
Pages 82 and 83 – The Centre Pages – Across the Sahara in a Light Plane – An Interesting Adventure