Bravo 369: Warplanes To Siberia
When:Saturday, June 22, 2013 -
What:Lecture / Presentation
Join us for a fascinating presentation from the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation about the secret transfer of nearly 8,000 American warplanes to the Soviet Union over the Alaska-Siberia Air Route (ALSIB), during World War II. Approximately 6,000 miles long, it runs from Great Falls, Montana up through Canada and Alaska, across the Bering Sea, into Siberia, and on to central Russia. ALSIB was a great relay race: American women pilots known as “WASP” flew brand new airplanes from manufacturers throughout the United States to the staging area in Great Falls. From there, the men of the US 7th Ferrying Squadron flew them up through Canada and on to Fairbanks. They were then handed off to the Soviet pilots, already waiting in Fairbanks, who flew another 3,000 miles across Siberia to the fighting fronts. This effort was a major turning point in WWII and very few people knew about it.
In preparation for a commemorative flight along this route to Russia in 2014, the presentation will be conducted by a number of renowned experts on this little known piece of aviation history. Topics include a history of Lend-Lease, the WASP, ALSIB, and the mutual cooperation between the US, Canada and the Soviet Union during WWII. Several historic T-6 Texans that will fly the route will be on display in the Museum's east parking lot for viewing. Speakers include Museum of Flight Curator Dan Hagedorn; ALSIB Memorial Creator and Author Alexander Dolitsky; WASP historian Debbie Jennings; and BRAVO 369 President and pilot Jeff Geer.
This program is free for Museum members and free with daily admission to the Museum of Flight.