Episode Info

He thrilled the world, but Americans claimed him as their own. Pilot Charles Lindbergh became a hero to millions on May 20, 1927, when he successfully landed his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, in Paris, France. It was the conclusion of a daring journey -- the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. But tragedy and a fall from grace awaited the aviator. Originally telecast on the award-winning PBS series The American Experience, this documentary chronicles the life and career of one of the most famous men of the first half of the 20th century. Included are details of the sensational kidnapping and death of Lindbergh's child and of his controversial early support of Adolf Hitler prior to World War II. Highlights include interviews with the aviator's wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and two of the couple's children, as well as archival photographs and film footage.