I didn’t know that during WWII, Charles Lindbergh visited the flyers of P-38 Lightnings and he taught them how to get phenomenal mileage from their planes.
Everywhere Lindbergh went in the South Pacific, he was accorded the normal preferential treatment of a visiting colonel, although he had resigned his Air Corps Reserve colonel’s commission three years before. In Hollandia, Lindbergh attached himself to the 475th FG, flying P-38s. Although new to the aircraft, Lindbergh was instrumental in extending the range of the P-38 through improved throttle settings, or engine-leaning techniques, notably by reducing engine speed to 1,600 rpm, setting the carburetors for auto-lean and flying at 185 mph (298 km/h) indicated airspeed which reduced fuel consumption to 70 gal/h, about 2.6 mpg.
That one man through knowledge of aircraft could singlehandedly extend the range of fighters without adding fuel tanks or costly overhauls is a credit to his genius.
What I didn’t know about Charles Lindbergh was his ideas were not all he shared. He fathered thirteen children by four different women. One he was married to, two were sisters, and was his secretary. He was 55 when how should I say started a Germany “Subsidiary”.
Beginning in 1957, Lindbergh had engaged in lengthy sexual relationships with three women while he remained married to Anne Morrow. He fathered three children with hatmaker Brigitte Hesshaimer (1926–2001), who had lived in the small Bavarian town of Geretsried. He had two children with her sister Mariette, a painter, living in Grimisuat. Lindbergh also had a son and daughter (born in 1959 and 1961) with Valeska, an East Prussian aristocrat who was his private secretary in Europe and lived in Baden-Baden. All seven children were born between 1958 and 1967.
Did you know about this?