History of route
ALSIB – Alaska Siberia air route for Victory
The 70th anniversary of the Great Victory against Nazi Germany in Wold War II is celebrated in 2015. To memorize that great historical event an idea to revive Alaska-Siberia air route (ALSIB) has emerged.
ALSIB is an air route between Alaska (the USA) and the former USSR. It was opened in 1942 and was actively working until 1945. This air route was used to ferry American warplanes from the USA to the USSR under the Lend-Lease program. The American part of the route began in Great Falls, Montana State and lasted till Fairbanks, Alaska, covering the distance of about 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers).
The Soviet part of the route continued from Fairbanks (Alaska) to Krasnoyarsk and consisted of 6400 kilometers. Total distance for aircraft to get from the American manufactures to the Soviet battle front exceeded 14 thousand kilometers.
ALSIB was also used for cargo, diplomatic mail and passengers transportation.
Thousands of pilots, navigators, radio operators and engineers were working in intolerable conditions of the Far North, flying over the most dangerous areas of the Earth, including the permafrost zone. The route was incredibly difficult and risky. In case of motor failure, a pilot could be saved only by a parachute. Rescue operations were hardly successful due to severe cold and wild, impassable taiga.
It was a route of life, where death was fought all the time.
During almost three years of uninterrupted work of the Soviet-American air route 7 926 combat aircraft were delivered to Krasnoyarsk. Courage and heroism of the participants of those events deserves honorable place in the history of the Great Patriotic War as well as in the history of World War II.
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.
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.
"Warplanes to Siberia" Promotional Video:
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.