On September 28th, 2013, in Bellingham (Washington State) BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation and Russian Aviation Company (Rusavia) signed Memorandum of Understanding of organization and participation in ALSIB 2015 Project (“Warplanes to Siberia”), dedicated to the greatest event of the Soviet-American military cooperation under the Lend-Lease program during the World War II.
Within the framework of the signed memorandum and its performance under the auspices of Rusavia it was established the Aviation Historical Society "Alaska-Siberia 2015" Association ("ALSIB 2015", ASSN) and it also formed the organizing committee "Alaska-Siberia 2015" to prepare and carry out activities during the project implementation,which aims to develop plans and make decisions,as wel as negotiate and coordinate actions of government bodies and agencies,local authorities,public and veteran organizations during running events.
The goal of the project "ALSIB 2015" is to recreate historical events occurred in 1942-1945, related to the air route ALSIB. The project is set to solve the following tasks:
- Historical WWII warplanes flight along Alaska-Siberia route
- Participation of ALSIB 2015 warplanes in Airspace Show MAKS-2015 (Moscow Region)
- Handing over of aircraft to various Russian Aviation Museums
- Revival and highlighting of ALSIB air route history and cooperation between
the USA, Canada and the USSR (Russia) during World War II
- Development of small aviation in remote areas of Far North Russia
- Strengthening of friendship between Russia and the United States
- Honoring of aviation veterans dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory;
- Patriotic education of the younger generations
In 2012 the American partners of the Project - BRAVO 369 team released the short film titled “Warplanes to Siberia”. This film tells about ALSIB air route, about the incredible sacrifice and heroism of the people engaged in ferrying of combat aircraft from the USA to the Soviet Union during WWII.
Rusavia has started the Project in Russia by publishing “Alaska-Siberia 2015” booklet, telling in detail the history of the route and the “ALSIB 2015” Project goals to the Russian audience.Also Rusavia has made the film -presentation of this project.
The BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, Rusavia and Wargaming.net recently presented the "Warplanes to Siberia" project to an international audience during the Mutual Concerns Conference at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
“ALSIB 2015” has received support of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Ministry of Defense of Russia,The Ruassian Geographical Society and Museum of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
The project "ALSIB 2015" is widely highlighted in mass media and online information resources.
To recall the story of ALSIB, the Rusavia and BRAVO369 team will fly two WW2 era DC-3s (C-47) and an AT-6 from Great Falls Montana across Canada to Alaska. DC-3 (C-47) historic planes, acquired by Rusavia in the US and piloted by the Russian crews, will fly from Alaska to Siberia along ALSIB route, take part in Moscow Air and Space Show (MAKS 2015) and be donated to the Russian Museums.
The award ceremony, Silver Archer 2015 took place at the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in the United States of America, Washington DC on January 29th, 2016.
At the year of the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany defeat , the organizers decided to make a special nomination – VIKTORY, in which the project ALSIB-2015 received the Silver Archer Award.
The participants from the Russian Aviation Company, the American Association BRAVO 369 and Wargaming Company repeated the famous route Alaska-Siberia on the aircrafts of the Second World War. The route had been used by the US to make supplies to the USSR under Lend-Lease.