Aircraft to make 6000-mile historic flight to Russia this summer, tracing
wartime airplane supply route from U.S.
North American AT-6
SEATTLE, June 24, 2015--Three World War II-era military training aircraft will fly to the Museum for public display on Saturday, July 11. The North American AT-6 airplanes will be flown to Russia this summer by the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, tracing the Alaskan-Siberian military air route from Montana to Russia during World War II. The 6,000-mile route was part of the massive U.S. Lend-Lease program during the War. At 2 p.m. in the Museum, BRAVO 369 leaders will conduct a presentation about the Lend-Lease Program and their upcoming flight.
Alaskan-Siberian Air Route
From 1942 to 1945, nearly 8,000 military aircraft were flown from factories in the United States to Great Falls, Montana, then across Canada and on to Fairbanks, Alaska. They were next handed off to the Soviet pilots who flew them another 3,000 miles across Siberia and on to the fighting front. It was one of the great logistical efforts of the 20th century.
Photos, video and information about BRAVO 369 Foundation and the U.S. Lend-Lease Program: bravo369.net/
Image: North American AT-6 Texan operated by the BRAVO 369 Foundation. Photo courtesy BRAVO 369 Foundation.
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