The project "ALSIB 2015" is widely highlighted in mass media and online information resources.
Presentation film of ALSIB 2015
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.
Remarks by Ambassador John F. Tefft at the Launch of the Bravo 369
program Press Conference at the TASS News Agency
July 8, 2015
Добрый день! I want to start by thanking Mikhail Gusman for the warm invitation to participate in this event today. I also want to thank the organizers of this initiative and the museums that are participating.
The Alaska-Siberia air route is an historic example of how Russians and Americans can work together. During World War II and many times before and since then, our countries have cooperated to bring the world of peace and prosperity.
This air route, and the brave servicemen who participated in the Lend-Lease program, serve as a reminder of the bravery, selflessness, and tremendous sacrifice of the people of our two nations. This was a route of heroes. Heroes who overcame incredible difficulties and dangers. Heroes who worked and lived together in the hardest conditions, and were pioneers in exploring an air route that seemed previously unimaginable.
Americans have deep respect for the tremendous sacrifices made by the people of the Soviet Union during World War II. Having served as Ambassador in Russia and other former Soviet states, I am acutely aware of the price that victory cost our countries. I have made an effort throughout my diplomatic career, and in particular this year to pay my respects by laying wreaths at memorials in nearly every town I have visited in Russia.
The Alaska-Siberia air route was part of our shared victory because it provided needed military supplies to the Soviet Army during the Lend-Lease program. Even though the political and economic systems of the United States and the Soviet Union were worlds apart during the Second World War, we were still able to cooperate in those years to achieve a greater good – the defeat of Nazi Germany. Today there are many global challenges that require the same type of coordinated action.
Despite the current tensions in our relationship, I am confident that Americans and Russians will continue to find common cause on issues of mutual interest. And initiatives like this serve as an important reminder that our countries can, have, and do work together. Let us commit ourselves to ensuring that this will always be the case.
Good luck with the flights. Thank you for inviting me here today.
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.