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By W. E. Johns

While 0 visibility forces Biggles to land his Vandal amphibian plane at the North Sea he thinks he's simply acquired a place of aeroplane hassle. higher hassle is forward for Biggles while he is taking an unchartered trip in a flying boat manned by means of 'Blackbeard' - a cohort of the Russian Airfleet and partner in a plot to bomb Britain.

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954009 A CIP catalogue list for this ebook is accessible from the British Library. ISBN: 978-1-4090-4522-9 model 1. zero bankruptcy 1 pressured Down The northern horizon, which for a while have been starting to be progressively more vague, eventually disappeared, and the uninteresting, greeny-black sea merged into the gray cover of the sky. Biggles leaned out of the cockpit of his Vandal amphibian* aeroplane, driven up his goggles, and peered forward anxiously. For an entire minute he stared, and a frown creased his brow as he appeared again at Algy Lacey, sitting within the moment pilot's seat beside him. * A marine plane, with a boat-shaped hull for touchdown on water, which used to be additionally geared up with retractable wheels to be used on land. 'I do not like it! ' he shouted above the roar of the engine. 'That stuff'11 begin coming down shortly. ' He jerked his head on the forbidding cloud-mass above. Algy indicated that he had heard by way of a grimace of annoyance. 'Typical English weather,' he mirrored. The solar have been shining from a cloudless, blue, autumn sky whilst Biggles had rung him up that morning to signify a joy-ride, a suggestion to which he had with ease agreed. they'd travelled via highway to Brook-lands Aerodrome, the place they'd parked the amphibian after their go back from South America**, and after a quick dialogue as to the main fascinating path, they'd left the floor presently after o'clock. ** See Biggles Flies back. that they had picked up the Thames, it so far as the estuary, after which turning north persevered up the east coast. It have been their purpose to discover an appropriate cove during which to land if the water used to be gentle sufficient, and feature a picnic tea from a abate which reposed within the cabin; on the other hand, if the water used to be uneven, they'd flip inland to at least one of the numerous north nation aerodromes, and land on terra firma, leaving the floor in time to come back to Brooklands via nightfall, which might be approximately six o'clock. The switch within the climate had first been obvious as they have been passing Felixstowe, yet Biggles had hung on to his direction hoping it's going to increase. to the contrary it had grown gradually worse, formerly, with the Wash in the back of them and the Lincolnshire coast thousand ft lower than their keel, it had turn into certainly forbidding. A wraith of white mist enveloped the desktop with a clammy include, and blotted out the panorama. The noise of the engine pale abruptly as Biggles throttled again to lose top, after which sprang to lifestyles back as they sank throughout the vapour and the floor once again seemed lower than. 'Going again! ' he yelled, and suiting the motion to the note, swung the laptop around and commenced to retrace his path. His frown deepened as he peered during the windscreen. From east to west, directly throughout their direction, lay a gloomy, uniform, indigo belt that may in simple terms suggest rain, and heavy rain at that. Land and sea, at a distance of a mile or , have been swallowed up in gloom. Then, as so usually occurs in such stipulations, the moisture-laden sky above started to shut down on them.

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