ALSIB 2015 News
January 29th, 2016
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.
Vladimir Putin visited International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015
Together with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Mr Putin visited the Russian aircraft manufacturing industry pavilion, which includes the stands of Irkut, Tupolev and Sukhoi, in particular, and an exhibition by Rostec State Corporation.
The President also visited the pavilion organised by the festival Ot vinta (Clear Prop!), where young engineers demonstrated their inventions.
International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS is one of the largest in the world. This year it features around 600 Russian and more than 150 foreign corporations and companies from 30 countries. MAKS-2015 is taking place in the Moscow Region town of Zhukovsky on August 25–30.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin about ALASKA 2015:
"I want to mention too the Alaska-Siberia 2015 flight that took place just recently to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory [in World War II]. Pilots from Russia and the United States of America, flying planes from the war years, followed this long and dangerous route that linked our countries during those years, and are now here in Zhukovsky. This undertaking made a worthy contribution to preserving the memory of the war and the courage and heroism of those who fought Nazism. Thank you to everyone who took part in this wonderful project."
Presentation film of ALSIB 2015
The press conference "The Historic Flight Alaska-Siberia 2015", dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory was held in the MAKS-2015 Congress Centre on the 27th of August at 12.30 and DC-3 aircrafts were officially given to the Museum of the Armed Forces.
The press conference was attended by the Chairman of the Alsib 2015 Organizing Committee, cosmonaut A.A. Leonov, the member of the Alsib 2015 Organizing Committee, army General, P.S. Deinekin, the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Director of the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation A.K. Nikonov, the Director of the Alsib 2015 Association S.N. Baranov,the Director of Bravo 369 Jeff Geer and others.
Zhukovsky airfield took two rare historical aircrafts – the American transport aircrafts Douglas, which were supplied by the United States to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease during the Second World War.
Now, the legendary aircrafts will get a worthy place on MAKS-2015 exhibition.
On the eighth of August, the participants of the legendary trip from Alaska to Siberia were met in Moscow. Moreover, Russian and American crews decided to repeat this route on the 70th anniversary of the victory.
The honorary delegation headed by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov is on the runway. He believes that the Russian and American pilots made a professional feat, cause just real professionals could cope with such old aircrafts and equipment.
The historical aircrafts were taken to the technical park, still waiting for the air show MAKS-2015 at the end of August, and after that they'll be on a honour place in the The Central Armed Forces Museum of the Russian Federation.
Two American aircrafts Douglas DC-3 have landed in Bratsk Airport today. The crews were met by Bratsk authorities, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, representatives of Bratsk public associations.
Many citizens gathered in Bratsk airport to welcome the participants and to witness the historic event.
On July, 31th
Douglas DC-3 aircrafts, the participants of Alsib 2015 Flight, landed at Yakutsk airport on July, 31th. On the runway of Yakutsk airport, the crews were traditionally welcomed with bread, salt and mare's milk.
Doors Open Day was specially timed to the meeting of the legendary aircrafts at the airport and visitors willing to look into the cockpit gathered in huge queues.
On July, 30th
Local authorities solemnly met the pilots who operated Douglas DC-3 aircrafts, American military aircrafts of forties, the participants of Alsib-2015 Flight on Magadan airport runway on July, 30th.
The aircrafts of the Second World War, Douglas DC-3, the participants of Alaska-Siberia 2015 Flight landed at the Anadyr Airport in Chukotka on July, 27th, 2015.Russian and American pilots operated the aircrafts, as well as 70 years ago. They crossed the Bering Strait in 12 hours, shifting each other every four hours.
Alexei Leonov, one of the most famous cosmonauts, twice the hero of the Soviet Union flew from Moscow to Anadyr in order to meet this crew.
There are some stops ahead, e.g., Magadan, Yakutsk, Bratsk, Krasnoyarsk and Zhukovsky airport in Moscow is the final destination of the route.
Two aircrafts Douglas DC-3, taking part in the Alaska-Siberia 2015 Flight, arrived in in Nome,Western Alaska on Saturday evening. According to the flight route, Nome city is the last destination in the United States. On Sunday morning the aircrafts flew to Russia.
On July, 24th the aircraft of Russian Aviation Company "RUSAVIA" Douglas DC-3 ("Douglas"), operated by the first class test pilot Valentin Lavrentiev, arrived in Fairbanks Airport, Alaska on Thursday.
The first stage of the ALSIB 2015 Flight took place on Monday, July 20th.
Douglas DC-3 aircraft, built in 1942, owned by the Russian Aviation Company ("RUSAVIA"), landed in Edmonton, Canada. It took off from Great Falls, Montana State, the USA in the morning.
Veterans share history of Lend-Lease
he night before Rex Tanberg was set to speak at the Warbirds Over the Falls event, he found some notes that his father had written while he was assigned to the 7th Ferrying Group at Gore Hill.
Tanberg, former commander of the 120th Fighter Wing and a pilot, said during Saturday’s ceremony that in his father’s notes he found stories he hadn’t known before.
His father had arrived in Great Falls 73 years earlier, in a convoy as the troops were setting up the base on Gore Hill.
Tanberg’s father, also named Rex, had enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October 1941.
Once in Great Falls, he became part of the Lend-Lease program that sent nearly 8,000 aircraft from the U.S. to the Soviet Union to help them defeat Nazi Germany.
Great Falls was the staging area for that program, with members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots bringing planes direct from manufacturers to Great Falls. From here, male military pilots would ferry through Canada and Alaska to meet Soviet pilots in Fairbanks. The Soviet pilots were waiting there to deliver the planes to the battlefront.
The elder Tanberg was a maintenance airmen and personally helped ferry 27 aircraft to Alaska during Lend-Lease.
He also helped ferry aircraft across Europe, was a chief flight engineer in India and flew missions over the Himalaya Mountains in China, Burma and India. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Battle Stars while flying on 99 missions and 743 flying hours.
After the war, he joined the Montana Air National Guard and retired as a colonel with more than 36 years of service.