June 1939

Volume 8 Number 3  (87 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 93 to page 144 (52 pages)


Inside front cover – An advert for Lockheed – High Performance! With Lockheed Hydraulic Equipment


Page 94 – Contents Page

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



Page 95 – A fantastic advert for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines for Speed and Reliability



Page 97 – A Douglas, of American Airlines, about to be re-fuelled.  Little comment is needed for such a beautiful photo (says the text)



(Not Subtitled – The (unknown) author writes about autogiros and how we need more and more people to pilot them)


Page 98 – The Significance of E. A. D. – Air Commodore J. A. Chamier

(E. A. D. is “Empire Air Day”.  The first one was held on 24th May 1934 and made £2,564 for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

In 1938, the profit for air charities was £16,529 and the hope is to make £20,000 from the Empire Air Day on 20th May 1939)


Page 102 – America has an Interceptor – Arch Whitehouse

(An article about the new Curtiss Wright CW21 – better known as the “Interceptor”)


Page 104 – The Future of the Composite Aircraft – Major Jack Stewart

(A look at “composite” aircraft where a smaller aeroplane is basically given a ‘piggy-back’ by a much larger aeroplane)


Page 108 – Thrust – The Development of the Vital Link Between Power and Performance – Robert Polendine

(A look at development of propellers, from wooden to metal



Page 110 – Britain’s Air Defence – by “H. W.”

(This article looks at Air Defence and features some interesting statistics.  In London in the First World War, 594 people were killed, 1,708 injured and about £2,000,000 worth of damage was done to property by enemy air action.  Page 112 features a lovely photograph of a Spitfire in flight)


Page 114 – Flying Wires – Air News from all Points of the Compass

(One particularly interesting item of news is that “from the April issue, the Air Force List will no longer publish the number of squadrons, their location, their duty or the number of officers serving with them”)



Pages 116 and 117 – (This would normally be on the Centre Pages!) – Hurricanes at Home – Six black and white photos of Hurricanes



Pages 118 and 119 – The Centre Pages – An Advert by De Havilland, England for “THE NEW MOTH” – Now in full-scale production.  Prices from £575



Page 120 – World Records (Continued from last month)

(This article continues to set out the F.A.I. (“Federation Aeronautique Internationale”) regulations governing world records)


 Page 123 – “Docking” – An Imperial Airways Flying-Boat comes alongside – by “Windlass”

(“Few people realise the amount of work entailed, and the number of personal required to ensure the safe arrival alongside the dock of these modern vessels of the air (such as an Imperial Airways airliner from Australia or the Far East), complete with their crew of five, twenty odd passengers and three tons of mail-bags.  To begin with, something between eighty and ninety personnel are required for this operation”)


Page 124 – Flying the Lindbergh Route Across America – Oliver K. Whiting

(An account of a flight from Chicago to Kansas City


Page 126 – The World Says –

(A report from Germany notes “Air Minister Goering has issued strong regulations against excessive drinking and smoking

among officers and men of the German Luftwaffe”.  Adolph Hitler was a non smoker and a teetotaller).


Page 129 – The Focke – Wulf “Condor” – Gilbert Nash

(The author, trying out the title aircraft, left Lympne in England at twenty to seven and at five minutes past nine was walking in the streets of Berlin)


Page 132 – Making Aeroplanes – Leyden Agar

(“The modern aircraft factory may be able to turn out a dozen a week, once production has begun, but before that stage is reached is it quite possible that at least a couple of years have been spent on the preliminary design and construction of the prototype”)


Page 133 – Views on Air Warfare – by “Vigilant”

(The author sets out various views on how aircraft will be used in any forthcoming war.  This article continues onto page 134 and at the end of the page there is a box saying “ “H.W” no longer conceals the identity of Group Captain E. L. Howard Williams, M.C., M.A, who is the author of several successful books on Africa, Iraq Persia and the Near East.  The reason why his work is not better known is because, with true Service dislike of publicity, he writes under at least five pen names.  He spent much of his Service life overseas.  For his work in Iraq, he was awarded the Order of the Two Rivers and promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General in the Iraq Army, which, incidentally, carries with it the courtesy title of Pasha”)


Page 135 – An advert for K.L.G. Sparking Plugs featuring a Spitfire


Page 137 – An advert for Shell – “Pioneers of Modern Aviation” – featuring C. Howard Pixton

(who in April 1914 won the Schneider Cup)


Page 144 – The Buyers’ Log

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


Inside Back Cover – Advert for Minors Cigarettes – “The ten-minute smoke for Intelligent Folk”


Back Page – An Advert for the M.G. Midget



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