Warplanes to Siberia Project
BRAVO 369 GUEST SPEAKERS OF RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTER IN ALASKA
Foundation continues its historic work in spite of current U.S. – Russia tensions
Bellingham, Washington, USA. May 2, 2017
The BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation announced today that it is part of a U.S. – Russian delegation as guest speakers of the Russian Cultural Center in Alaska. BRAVO 369 will be presenting its historic flight project “Warplanes to Siberia” as part of 75th Anniversary commemorative events celebrating the opening of the Alaska – Siberia Air Route (ALSIB) during WWII. The events are scheduled to take place in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska from May 3 to May 9, 2017.
Jeff Geer, president and chairman of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation said: “We are proud to be speaking at these events commemorating this untold part of WWII history, the Alaska-Siberia Air Route. In spite of current U.S. – Russia tensions, it is more important now than ever to remind the world that we were once allies with Russia during WWII. The Warplanes to Siberia project tells the story of American commitment, sacrifice, and patriotism on the home front that produced aircraft and other war materials critical to defeating the Nazi’s during WWII. Initiatives such as this remind us that our countries can, have, and do work together.”
Craig Lang, BRAVO 369 co-founder and director said: “Had it not been for the United States and the ALSIB program, the Soviet Union may not have survived the war. I am amazed at how few people have ever heard of it or know of its significance. Even more important, our research recently uncovered a staggering number of American men and women killed or seriously injured in our Lend-Lease factories during the war years – equal to or exceeding those in actual combat; wanting nothing more than to help our American soldiers and Allied Forces, including the Russians, ensure the final victory!“ May 8th is VE (Victory in Europe) Day.
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History made. History in the making.
In 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the BRAVO 369 flight team successfully completed a harrowing re-creation flight of the Alaskan-Siberian air route (ALSIB). This dangerous, 6,000 mile route is virtually unknown, but was part of the massive U.S. Lend-Lease Program: a program that provided U.S. allies, including the Soviet Union, with military aircraft and other supplies to defeat the Nazis. [Learn more]
The BRAVO 369 team, flew the original ALSIB route from Great Falls, Montana through Siberia to Moscow in historic, vintage WWII aircraft. The culmination of this massive undertaking, made possible through the cooperation of the U.S., Canada, and Russia, will become a documentary, Warplanes to Siberia, bringing history alive by showcasing the personal stories from 70 years ago and following the modern-day pilots, both American and Russian, to fly this route since World War II. [Learn more]