I once saw a fascinating programme about the Lockheed P38 Lightening. After describing how the design evolved, the programme showed how this plane was deployed, specifically in the Pacific. One of the problems faced by the pilots was a lack of range. Then Charles Lindberg visited the island bases as a consultant, and after some study, proposed a set of engine settings that he believed would increase the range of the P38. At first, he was ridiculed,as the settings seemed impossible/wrong - but he was proved right, and the range of the plane was hugely increased.
What the programme did not make clear was what Lindberg had suggested. Does anybody have anymore info on this? If so, I'd be grateful if you could explain (in layman's terms).
Thanks in advance.