Lindbergh on the
Future of Airliners
Charles A. Lindbergh to
Igor I. Sikorsky, October 2, 1936
Manuscript Division (136E.4)
In this letter to friend and colleague Igor Sikorsky, Charles Lindbergh
correctly predicts that trans-oceanic aircraft of the future will
not only be very large but will be land-based rather than water-based.
His prescient arguments and reasoning as to why "flying boats,"
or seaplanes will be replaced by aircraft that fly to and from airports
on land have proven to be impeccably accurate. Lindbergh test-flew
the first Sikorsky S-42.