In 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the BRAVO 369 flight team flew 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. The team will fly the original ALSIB route from Great Falls, Montana through Siberia to Moscow in historic, vintage WWII aircraft. The culmination of this massive undertaking, 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, as they become the first to fly this route since World War II.

These living, historical documentaries will incorporate the story of Lend-Lease and the Alaska-Siberia ferrying program into modern technology to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for students and adults. This will be a fact-based documentary, bringing the past forward with real life experience both past and present.

Proposed 44 minute episode subjects include:

  • Uncommon Allies – seven minute promotional; complete
  • The Secret of the 49th Star – in production
  • Flight Training
  • Great Falls
  • Canadian Allied Effort
  • Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)
  • The Creation of the Alcan Highway
  • The Pilots of the 7th Ferrying Squadron
  • The Soviet Occupation of Fairbanks
  • Flying the Northern Lend-Lease Route
  • Fairbanks to Siberia
  • The Dangers of Winter Flying
  • Crash Sites
  • Creation of the Alaska-Siberia Memorial
  • Warplanes to Siberia – finale
“It’s much different when you are speaking to people on a person-to-person basis rather than a government-to-government basis. I think that’s one of the great things about the BRAVO 369 project is that it will really bring people together as individuals who have common interests in aviation, history and education. That’s really the terms we should look at: we’re all people – we all want to do the best for our families and make sure our kids have a better life than we do. And sometimes on the political front, as countries, that gets in the way. And that’s the great thing about your project… in bringing people together..”
John Binkley, former Alaska State Senator and President, Alaska Cruise Line Association
“The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, or the Great Patriotic War as it is known in Russia, promises to be a landmark event. This is the last major commemoration that will be attended by veterans who served in the war. It is our chance to say goodbye and pay honor to the last of these brave men and women. Warplanes to Siberia (ALSIB 2015) helps tell their story and, as such, deserves to be supported.”
Sergey Branov, General Director, Russian Aviation Co. Ltd.
That’s what museums are all about… you have an item that you protect from collecting dust with just the hope that someday it will tell a story that will inspire and educate people. When you stop and think about it, maybe 95% of what you have there is just sitting there waiting for that opportunity. And I tell people all the time that history is a tough profession. It’s not like a doctor who can set someone’s leg and feel good about it. The patient leaves the hospital and the leg is healed. In the case of history, it is hard work because you are going through and you are cataloguing, trying to save something, and you never know if it will be seen by someone. Let alone inspire and educate thousands of people.  And when you can take something that’s been sitting in a box like this and you can put it on a film that people can see… then it is all worthwhile.”
Jim Meinert, Executive Director, The History Museum
“The Lend-Lease program is an important part of our history. I’m so pleased that BRAVO 369 is helping educate people about that part of our history because very little was known about it. It was a secret program at the time so it wasn’t publicized at all. And then shortly after the end of World War II when the Iron Curtain fell, the United States really didn’t want to talk about that aspect of our history and neither did the Soviet Union. And so there is very little known about it. And it’s important, I feel, to preserve that part of our history and I’m pleased to see that BRAVO 369 is doing that – to preserve it, to promote it so that people understand it and educate people about that.”
John Binkley, former Alaska State Senator and President, Alaska Cruise Line Association
“There is nothing that gives me more joy than to see a child looking up at an airplane for the first time and thinking what a marvelous shape. Their mouth drops open – their eyes light up. Children need tangible examples, real things – making the connection between that tangible object and what those objects did in history. That’s what brings history alive. That’s what I think BRAVO 369 will bring to the world.”
Dan Hagedorn, Senior Curator, The Museum of Flight, Seattle
“BRAVO 369 has been great about giving students the connection to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), finding a common purpose and inspiring the next generation.”
Melissa Edwards, Director, Washington Aerospace Scholars, Seattle
“We’re finding out more and more that there is a lot of interest in these kinds of projects, (such as the BRAVO 369 flight re-creation to Russia). Historical things like this have become very interesting to the public.”
Merrill Wein, Alaskan Bush, Commercial, & Military Pilot (Wien Air Alaska)
“Lend-Lease and the Alaska-Siberia Airway was a turning point in WWII. It is important to know that the courage and bravery was also done here at home – that peace seeking nations must cooperate to defeat evil – this information must be made available to students and adults so it’s not forgotten. BRAVO 369 will serve this purpose.”
Alexander Dolitsky, President/Chairman, Alaska-Siberia Research Center
“The story of the Alaska-Siberia Ferry Route and the delivery of nearly 8,000 warplanes from the United States to the Soviet Union was an odyssey of flight. It was an event that was unique in aviation history – it had never happened before and it will probably never happen again.”
Blake Smith, Author
“When I learned about the BRAVO 369 project and their involvement with the school district and how the kids will be daily involved with the flight and what it takes to fly a plane, and then to bring the WASP program into it, is even a greater telling of history.”
Debbie Jennings, WASP Historian