This is a fine read, a really good story, set in 1934 in which we’re introduced to the character called Ginger, who’s a really imaginative thinker and notices things that Biggles, Smyth, and Algy don’t.
Biggles is forced down off the Norfolk coast by bad weather and as always, stumbles across something strange going on. He finds some equipment intended for military use by a foreign power (no not that one) and gets involved when he’s trapped inside a large bomber and taken on a journey to the Northumberland coast.
He escapes and meets up with pals before they fly off to continetal Europe where they encounter the mysterious Blackbeard who chases them back towards England.
On the negative side, I should say there are no female characters in this book, which dates the story and makes it less interesting. Biggles leads a charmed life and has plenty of luck, in a similar vein to James Bond. Some of the words used to describe people not from the UK are of the time and sound dated now.
On the positive side, although guns are in the story, there’s no glorification of violence and indeed one of the characters feels guilty about shooting at someone in self defence.