Lindbergh knew that air power would play an important role in the coming European war. He was not only a good pilot, he could evaluate aircraft factory’s production capabilities. For an example, when he paid his tuition and attended a flying training school, they put him to work overhauling aircraft engines. Many years later when he visited the Soviet Union’s aircraft engine manufacturers, he counted the number of engine test stands they had. It was a simple matter to calculate the maximum engine production considering, the number of engine test stands, time of testing, and working three shifts a day. Perhaps he could estimate engine production better than those manufacturers.His estimate of the military capabilities of the United States, England, and the European nations, especially air power, was qualified, professional, and correct. He was also right in his evaluation of the weak characteristics of English and French government officials in 1936, compared to the German; however, he did not foresee the statesman capabilities of Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler’s stupidity, or the miraculous United States armament program, explained in this chapter.
(Make mention of Gill Robb Wilson’s study of Athenian democracy, self-government, and morality’s role…; also Lindbergh’s engineering background & faith in scientific facts/laws)