November 1938

Volume 7 Number 8  (80 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 381 to page 428 (48 pages)


Page 382 – Contents Page

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


Beacon for Airmen


Page 384 – A Beacon for Airmen – A photograph of the notice board indicating the site and purpose

of Britain’s first tree beacon planted as a guide for airmen


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

(For the first time there is no editorial from Johns.  Instead there is the following note.

“In view of the uncertainty of the political situation the Editorial feature which normally appears on this page is for once held over.  The difficulty of writing while the situation is changing hourly will be appreciated; anything can have happened by the time these words appear in print.  The following letter, however, from a reader who is in close touch with the Civil Air Guards scheme, should be of as much interest as anything can be while the atmosphere is full of rumours of war.   W. E. J.  The letter that follows is headed “The C. A. G. – What Will He Become? – by “Old Timer” and talks of the rumour that nearly 30,000 applications have been received from people who wish to train as pilots for the Civil Air Guard.  This letter continues onto page 386 and the final paragraph after it is “STOP PRESS” – “While this issue of POPULAR FLYING is actually on the machines come the news of the Munich settlement.  So the world breathes again – slightly hoarse from holding its breath so long.  We have escaped war, it seems, but at such a cost as only the future will reveal.  Still, make no mistake, the world has had the shock of its life, from the highest to the lowest.  (Particularly the highest.)  From it all may come a better understanding between the peoples of the nations who, caught between the cross-fire of a handful of insane egotists and blundering politicians were likely to become bomb-fodder.  All that remains for the immediate present is for the so-called statesmen to congratulate themselves (and soft-soap each other) on getting themselves out of the mess which they themselves created – a mess which could come as no surprise to readers of this paper.  But they have had their fright, so they may do better in future.   W. E. J.)


Page 387 – The Blind Flying Panel – Wing-Commander G. W. Williamson

(A run down of the instruments and controls of current aircraft)


Page  390 – Air Line Development Overseas – Nigel Tangye

(This article starts by bemoaning the lack of an air service to South America when both Germany and France have one.

It then discusses other routes)


Page 395 – The First British King to Fly – Bladud, Father of King Lear, Attempted Flight – Harry Maitland

(An account of the legend of the King who constructed wings and flew before they broke and he fell to his death)


Page 396 – The Yanks are Coming – says Arch Whitehouse

(If Britain goes to War there will not be enough Atlantic Liners to take care of the thousands of Americans

who want to come over and join the Air Force)


Page 398 – Flying for the Spanish (Government) Air Force – Harold Cosh

(“Mr. Cosh was not a mere bird of passage in Spain.  He was there for fourteen months. 

No political sympathies are implied by the publication of this article – Ed.”)


Page 400 – Monoplane v. Biplane Training – H. M. Schofield

(“The author of this article, Flight-Lieutenant H. M. Schofield, R.A.F.O. is a Director of General Aircraft Ltd., and has been with the Company since its incorporation in 1931, when he was chief test pilot and sales manager.  He served in the R.N.A.S. and R.A.F. 1917 to 1929, and was a member of the successful Schneider Trophy Team at Venice in 1927.  He was instructor to the Oxford University Air Squadron in 1928, and chief pilot to National Flying Services Ltd. in 1930.  He won the King’s Cup in 1934 in a Monospar.  Flight-Lieutenant Schofield is at present Manager of No. 18 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, organised and administered for the Air Ministry by General Aircraft at Fair Oak, Woking”

He was also the co-author of ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ published in 1932 where he wrote the text and Flying Officer W. E. Johns provided the illustrations)


Page 402 – A Parachute Problem – by “Atlas”

(This article talks about how difficult it is to parachute out of a plane at high speed and asks if, in an emergency,

there would be time to lose speed until it was safe enough to bail out)


War Clouds Over Europe


Pages 404 and 405 – The Centre Pages – War Clouds Over Europe – Types of Machines which, by the time you read this, may be in the news


Page 406 – Flying Wires – Air News from all points of the compass

(One interesting item of news is “The new German Messerschmidt experimental aeroplane has a reported speed of 440 m.p.h.”)


Page 408 – The Bird is Gone – Douglas Ross

(In a follow up article to “The Modern Treasure Hunter Travels by Air” from the August 1938 issue of POPULAR FLYING, the author tells of how he and his team came by a treasure map of Cocos Island which they had good cause to believe to be genuine, only to find “the bird is gone” carved in wood when then got there)


Page 410 – Anyone Can Fly This Fool-Proof ‘Plane – Andrew R. Boone

(The author sets outs his experience at flying a Stearman-Hammond plane)


Page 416 – Model Topics – by “Airfoil

(There is a discussion about the Wakefield Cup Competition here followed by discussion of “Solid” Scale Models)


Page 417 – An advert for Shell – “Pioneers of Modern Aviation” – featuring Hubert Latham (the Frenchman who set up several records in 1909)


Page 418 – Under the Windstocking

(“Readers’ Correspondence, conducted by the Editor”

This includes a letter from Wilhelm R. Mann to Mr. B. B. Perry – the author of the article “Loewenhardt’s Seventh” in the March 1938 issue of Popular Flying – including a copy of his hand written’ thank you’ note and recalling the time he met him after he was shot down)


Page 424 – Aviation Bookshelf

(One book is reviewed – ‘Teach Yourself to Fly’ by Nigel Tangye)


 Page 428 – The Buyers’ Log

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


Royal Seal Advert


Inside Back Cover – Advert for Royal Seal Blended Virginia (tobacco)


Back Page   Confidence with LODGE – The Best Plug in the World”



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