Lindbergh served at the technical advisor for 45 years and played
a huge role in determining Transatlantic routes.
Letter From Lindbergh To Trippe:
September 15, 1933, Handwritten
"In establishing a transatlantic air route it is fully
as important to decide which route will be most advantageous in
the future as it is to decide which is the best to operate over
today… It has always been my belief that with every advance in
aviation the air route will tend to follow more closely the
great circle course between the localities they serve. I believe
that in the future aircraft will detour bad weather areas by
flying above them rather than around them."
Lindbergh elaborates further on potential air routes and also
reports on airplane and communication equipment needs.
used on a northern transatlantic route must have reliability
plenty of range and high speed. It is essential to eliminate the
possibility of forced landings due to engine failure. A great
deal of flying would have to be done over low fog covering rough
ice and probably over storm areas… I believe that a northern
transatlantic regular service should not be contemplated with
planes which are not capable of flying nonstop from the western
side of the Greenland ice cap to Iceland if necessary… It is
not possible for me to overemphasize the necessity of a
sufficient number of radio stations on a northern route to give
reliable weather information and to give bearings.
of Miami, Richter Library