THE MODERN BOY'S BOOK OF AIRCRAFT

First Published in August 1931 - 192 pages

 

This book was edited by W. E. Johns and contains a number of interesting articles by him.  In addition, all colour plates are painted by Johns.

 

ALL’S WELL! - Colour frontispiece – Signed by Johns

 

THE AIRMAN'S PHILOSOPHY - Page 2

“Of two things, one thing is certain:  Either you are on the ground or in the air.

If you are on the ground, there is no need to worry

If you are in the air, one of two things is certain:  Either you are flying straight or you are turning over

If you are flying straight, there is no need to worry

If you are turning over, one of two things is certain:  Either you are will crash or you will not crash

If you do not crash there is no need to worry.

If you do crash, one of two things is certain:  Either you will be injured or you will not be injured.

If you are not injured there is no need to worry.

If you are injured, one of two things is certain:  Either you will recover or you will die.

If you recover there is no need to worry.

If you die you CAN’T worry!”

Whether this is written by W. E. Johns or not is unclear.  It is not credited.  I suspect it is, because Johns uses this again as “Biggles’s Philosophy”

 at the beginning of “SPITFIRE PARADE” published in August 1941 where it was amended to the following:-

 “When you are flying, everything is all right or it is not all right.  If it is all right there is no need to worry.

 If it is not all right one of two things will happen.   Either you will crash or you will not crash.  If you do not crash there is no need to worry.

 If you do crash one of two things is certain.  Either you will be injured or you will not be injured.  If you are not injured there is no need to worry.

If you are injure  one of two things is certain.  Either you will recover or you will not recover.  If you recover there is no need to worry.

If you don’t recover you can’t worry.”

 

BLUE RIBAND OF THE AIR - Page 3 – by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

WITH THE R.A.F. ON ACTIVE SERVICE - Page 9 – by Old Campaigner

ABOVE THE CLOUDS - Page 15 – by A Pilot

TRICKS OF THE TRADE - Page 17 – Wiles and Dodges Employed by Pilots in Air Warfare

SPOTTING THE AEROPLANES - Page 20

CRAZY FLYING - Page 23 – by Fleetwing

PLANNING A LONG-DISTANCE FLIGHT - Page 25 – by C. Sprigg

FLYING WITH THE FLEET - Page 31 – by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

BATTLE PRACTICE! - Colour plate between pages 40 and 41 – Signed by Johns

HEROES OF THE AIR - Page 41 – by a War Pilot

SKYWRITING - Page 45 – How the Scribes of the Air do their “magic” smoke - writing

SPECKS IN THE SKY - Page 46 – by Old Campaigner

OUR GREAT AIR PORT - Page 49 – by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

HOW THE AIR WAS CONQUERED - Page 55 – The story of Mankind’s struggle to achieve the Mastery of the Air

DOWN THE ALL RED ROUTE - Page 59 – The Romance of the England – India – Cape Town Flying Mail

THE FIRST SOLO - Page 65 – by Flying Instructor

A LONG-DISTANCE RAID - Page 69 – by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

AVIATION ON THE GROUND - Page 73 – by a Traffic Manager

QUEER CRAFT - Page 79 – by Fleetwing

PLANES AT THE "PICTURES" - Page 83 – by V. E. Grimley

THE DAWN PATROL! - Colour plate between pages 88 and 89 – Signed by Johns

FORCED LANDINGS - Page 89 – by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

SOME OF THE WORLD'S FIGHTING PLANES - Page 94

MARKINGS OF THE WORLD’S CIVIL AIRCRAFT - Page 96

GLIDING AND SOARING - Page 97 – by Fleetwing

THE LATEST IN THE SKY - Page 103 – Some of the most up-to-date additions to Britain’s aircraft

LEAPING FOR LIFE - Page 109 – by A Pilot

WINGS OF THE DESERT - Page 113 – by “A Service Flying Officer” (The author prefers his name not to be known)

FUN UNDER THE WIND-STOCKING - Page 117

THE SONG OF A DARKENED TRAIL - Page 120

RUNAWAY PLANES - Page 121 – by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

HOW AIRCRAFT ARE BUILT - Page 127 – by Aeronautical Engineer

WAR BIRDS - Page 131 – by Old Campaigner

THE CAMERA GUN - Page 134 – by Christopher Sprigg

FULL OUT! - Colour plate between pages 136 and 137 – Signed by Johns

UNUSUAL USES OF AIRCRAFT - Page 137

AIR FLIVVERS - Page 141

GUARANTEED TO PRODUCE FLIGHT! - Page 144

MY JOB - Page 145 – by a Professional Pilot

LIGHTING-UP TIME – Page 149

NIGHT BIRDS - Page 151 – by a War Pilot

AIRSHIPS OF ALL SORTS, SHAPES AND SIZES! - Page 155 – by Aeronautical Engineer

UNTITLED BLACK AND WHITE PAINTING – Page 160 – Signed by Johns

GALLANT FAILURES - Page 161 – by John Erskine

AERIAL TORPEDOES - Page 169 – by C. Sprigg

MYSTERIES OF THE AIR - Page 175 – by John Erskine

CATAPULTS AND PLANES - Page 179 – by Fleet Air-Arm Pilot

AIRMAN'S LANGUAGE - Page 185 – A glossary of everyday terms in use by flying men

THE BRISTOL BULLDOG - Page 187

AVIATION AS A CAREER - Page 189 – by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

CONTENTS – Page 191

 

The Modern Boy's Book of Aircraft

Subtitle - The Romance of Man's Mastery of the Skies in Picture and Story

Publication Details - originally published by Amalgamated Press Ltd.

 

First Edition

 

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