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FIRST - Chkalov Non-Stop Transpolar Flight, Vancouver, Washington
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red
N 45° 37.445 W 122° 39.424
10T E 526733 N 5052339
Quick Description: In 1975, the Chkalov Monument celebrated the world's FIRST non-stop transpolar flight. Three Soviet aviators flying from Moscow landed at 19 hours, 30 minutes Moscow time at Pearson Airfield in Vancouver, Washington on June 20, 1937.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 5/8/2006 5:39:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMC6D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
Views: 63

Long Description:


On June 20, 1937 three aviators from the Soviet Union made a historic FIRST non-stop flight from Moscow over the North Pole and then landed unexpectedly at 19 hours, 30 minutes Moscow time at Pearson Airfield in Vancouver, Washington. Valery Chkalov, pilot, Grergiy Baidukov, co-pilot and instrument pilot, and Alexander Belyakov, navigator, became instant celebrities throughout the world for their daring long-distance record flight. The aviators completed the Moscow to Vancouver flight in 63 hours, 10 minutes covering 5,288 nautical miles.

The 1937 over-the-pole flight was commemorated in 1975 with the erection of a large monument in the United States that hailed a Soviet achievement. ANT-25 crew members Grergiy Baidukov and Alexander Belyakov who were then generals, attended the ceremonies. Valery Chkalov was killed in 1938 while test flying a new aircraft.

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Date of FIRST: 06/20/1937

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