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The Pilot
The Pilot

The Pilot was first published on 5th October 1935 by the Amalgamated Press and ran for 131 issues before being amalgamated with the Wild West Weekly on the 5th October 1935.

The Three Cowboys story in the Pilot

The Three Cowboys serial appeared in issues 1-14 of the Pilot, you can download the individual issues from the table below or the whole story here.
This story was reprinted in the
Boys Friend Library issue 557 (second Series)
This story shares some locations with the
Rio Kid.

Will Hay in the Pilot.

In his autobiography Frank Richards recalled the Will Hay stories with pleasure. In the late 30's Will Hay was at the peak of his fame so what better new feature could there be than a series of school stories of him at Bendover School? Will Hay arrived at Bendover in Pilot No 72 on February 13th 1937 and stayed until issue 129. An interesting article by Bill Lofts appeared in  Collectors Digest 237. In this article Bill suggests that some of the later stories were written by editorial staff. This ties in with an interview with W. L. Catchpole that appeared in Collectors Digest 160 where he claims to have written a number of Will Hay stories for the Pilot.

Some of the stories were reprinted in the 1938 Boys Friend Library issues 647 and 649. Howard Baker later reprinted the two Boys Friend stories in a single volume.

Scans courtesy of Allan S, Nandu and Harmsworth.

 

 

  Issue Story Reprint Information
Issue 1
5th October 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 1 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 2
12th October 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 2 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 3
19th October 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 3 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 4
26th October 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 4 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 5
2nd November 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 5 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 6
9th November 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 6 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 7
16th November 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 7 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 8
23rd November 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 8 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 9
30th November 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 9 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 10
7th December 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 10 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 11
14th December 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 11 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 12
21st December 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 12 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 13
28th December 1935
The Outlawed Three
Part 13 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
Issue 14
4th January 1936
The Outlawed Three
Part 14 of 14
Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/557
 
Issue 72
13th February 1937

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Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 73
20th February 1937

Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 74
27th February 1937

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Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 75
6th March 1937

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Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 76
13th March 1937

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Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 77
20th March 1937

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Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 78
27th March 1937

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Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 79
3rd April 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 80
10th April 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 81
17th April 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 82
24th April 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 83
1st May 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/647
Issue 84
8th May 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 85
15th May 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 86
22nd May 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 87
29th May 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 88
5th June 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 89
12th June 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 90
19th June 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 91
26th June 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 92
3rd July 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 93
10th July 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 94
17th July 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 95
24th July 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 96
31st July 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 97
7th August 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 98
14th August 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 99
21st August 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 100
28th August 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 101
4th September 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 102
11th September 1937
Will Hay at Bendover Reprinted in the Boys Friend Library
issue 2/649
Issue 103
18th September 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 104
25th September 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 105
2nd October 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 106
9th October 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 107
16th October 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 108
23rd October 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 109
30th October 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
  Issue 110
6th November 1937

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Issue 111
13th November 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 112
20th November 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 113
27th November 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 114
4th December 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 115
11th December 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 116
18th December 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 117
25th December 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 118
1st January 1937
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 119
8th January 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 120
15th January 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 121
22nd January 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 122
29th January 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 123
5th February 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 124
12th February 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
  Issue 125
19th February 1938

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Issue 126
26th February 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
  Issue 127
5th March 1938

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Issue 128
12th March 1938
Will Hay at Bendover  
Issue 129
19th March 1938
Will Hay at Bendover