September 1938

Volume 7 Number 6  (78 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 277 to page 328 (52 pages)


Page 278 – Contents Page

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


Page 280 – The King’s Escort – A photograph of some of the Squadron of Ansons (coastal reconnaissance aircraft) escorting the Admiralty Yacht


Page 225 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not Subtitled – In a lengthy editorial, Johns talks about the acts of stupidity reported in the newspapers. “There is no doubt that the burden of one’s misfortunes can be lightened by reading about the even greater misfortunes of others, so let us be thankful for our newspapers.”  He then complains of the noise of aircraft doing acrobatics over his garden on a Sunday afternoon and he is genuinely saddened on hearing that the Cathedral in Barcelona has been bombed.  In the April 1936 issue of POPULAR FLYING he had specifically written about how lovely it was and how terrible it would be if it were bombed)



Page 284 –The King’s Flight – William Courtenay

(“As a nation we are treating the Monarch very shabbily as regards his air travelling”)


Page 287 – Eating in the Air – R. Fetherston Lambert

(An article about the meals and other refreshments that are currently being served in the air)


Page 288 – A Modern Country Doctor in Borneo – Dr. V. A. Stookes

(The author tells how he moved from the cavalry to the Royal Flying Corps then he was needed as a doctor.  Now he works as a doctor in North Borneo, where rainfall is 100 inches a year.  He tells how he obtained a seaplane and is now able to fly around to places where he is most needed)


Page 291 – The Sign in the Sky – The Story of Air Advertising – R. F. Lambert

(“Nowadays everyone is familiar with the sight of an aeroplane slowly towing through the sky a long banner extolling the qualities of one of our great national products.  Indeed, the sight is so common that many people fear that before long the sky over big cities will be permanently disfigured”)


Page 292 – Gliding Galore – by “Icarus”

(“The National Gliding Contests have, since their inception eight years ago, been among the best sporting fixtures in the aviation calendar”)


Page 294 – The Pilot Sits Back – Nigel Tangye

(“As much as 70 per cent. of each flight undertaken by United Airlines’ machines was made with the automatic pilot flying the aircraft”)


Page 296 – What’s Wrong With American Aviation? – Arch Whitehouse

(“The American public doesn’t know, because American newspapers, which are always raving about the freedom of the American Press, can’t tell them … the inside story of the defects in American Military Aviation and American Military Planes”)



Page 299 – Squadron Crests of the Royal Air Force – Series 5


Page 300 – Flying Wires – Air News from all points of the compass

(One particularly interesting items of news is on the continuation page 320 “The German National Socialist Flying Corps is said to have a membership of 50,000 men and to possess 400 aeroplanes and 4,600 gliders”)



Pages 302 and 303 – The Centre Pages – Britain’s Sky Guards – eight black and white photographs of R. A. F. Pilots


Page 304 – Firing the Mail – Particulars of the Air Mail Gun Invention – D. C. Croom-Johnson

(An account of an invention that “fires” mail into a plane without it having to come to rest, so as to speed up the delivery of the mail)


Page 306 – An Aden Log – Book – by “Atlas”

(The author muses over old entries in his log book)


Page 308 – ‘Planes and Personalities – A Monthly Causerie of Men and Machines – By “Observer”

(This includes comment on Howard Hughes and Wiley Post who had flown “round-the-world” flights, that the Earth’s circumference is about 24,000 so flying at higher latitudes and doing 14,874 miles as Hughes did, or 15,596 as Post did, isn’t really a round the world flight)


Page 310 – A. I. At Gosport – Memories of the School of Special Flying – by “Monoavro”

(An account of pilot training in 1917 and 1918 when the lack of regulations meant that flying at 200 and 300 feet was common)


Page 313 – An advert for ‘Intava Limited’ – “Round the World in 91 Hours”




Page 317 – An advert for Shell – “Pioneers of Modern Aviation” – featuring Louis Bleriot (the first man to fly the English Channel on 25th July 1909)


Page 328 – The Buyers’ Log

(This carries the same Royal Air Force advert for vacancies for pilots as set out in previous months)


Inside Back Cover – Advert for Greys cigarettes


Back Page – Adverts for Lodge – “The Best Plug in the World”


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