There are some heroes whose place in history is so firm that few revelations could threaten it. Charles Lindbergh is such a man. When he stepped from the cramped cabin of the Spirit of St. Louis on May 21, 1927, after over a day in the air, he immediately became one of the most famous men alive.
And his actions during World War II, when he flew more than 50 combat missions in the Pacific despite being a civilian, cemented his place in the minds of many. But in the years between, he won the favor of the most reviled government of the 20th century.
DECLASSIFIED examines Lindbergh's complicated relationship with Nazi Germany, which presented him with a medal of honor in 1938, much to the chagrin of many American admirers. As this program shows, Lindbergh's relationship with Germany and the Third Reich ran surprisingly deep, and DECLASSIFIED visits archives on both sides of the Atlantic to tell the complete story.