BRAVO 369 Announces Historic ALSIB 2020 Project ! Check Media Page for Press Release
The City of Krasnoyarsk signs agreement to become an ALSIB 2020 partner city, joining BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation to celebrate the historic World War II Alaska-Siberia (ALSIB) air route.
Bellingham, Washington, USA. November 27, 2018 - The BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, a United States 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and the City of Krasnoyarsk, Russia have committed to jointly facilitate the implementation of a project known as ALSIB 2020. This will be a re-creation of the World War II / Great Patriotic War flights from the United States using the historic Alaska-Siberia Air Route (ALSIB), known in Russia as the Krasnoyarsk Air Route (Alaska-Siberia). From Krasnoyarsk, the flight will proceed around the world, returning to the United States through Europe. As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations in 2020, this “friendship flight” will be used to draw attention to our allied cooperation and accomplishments from the war years and tell the history of this little known, yet critically important air route.
The ALSIB was created as part of the Lend-Lease Act, conceived by the Roosevelt Administration in 1941. Approximately 6,000 miles long, it stretches from Great Falls, Montana through western Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska and then across Siberia to Krasnoyarsk, Russia. During a three year period from 1942 through 1945, nearly 8,000 military aircraft were flown year round from the United States to the former Soviet Union using this route. Created practically from scratch in sparsely populated areas, and faced with challenging geographic, economic, and meteorological conditions during the very difficult first few years of the war, it is considered, even today, an engineering feat second only to the creation of the Panama Canal.
Krasnoyarsk was chosen as the final and most important point for the ferrying effort since it was the most developed in 1941, especially its aviation infrastructure. It was also the center for the creation and development of polar aviation with facilities for training personnel, receiving, servicing, repairing, and forwarding these huge numbers of aircraft to the fighting front.
Jeff Geer, president and chairman of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation said of the agreement, “It is my distinct privilege and honor to congratulate the City of Krasnoyarsk on becoming the first ALSIB 2020 partner city. Let the work of this great effort become a solid foundation for a lasting peace and cooperation between our countries.”
From June through August 2020, BRAVO 369 will undertake the historic ALSIB 2020 flight in original World War II aircraft, beginning in Great Falls, Montana – the original staging base for ALSIB operations – travel through Canada and Alaska, and then to Krasnoyarsk and beyond. After departing Russia, the flight will continue across Europe with a final stop in the United Kingdom before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and back to North America, stopping in Washington, DC and then ending where it began in Great Falls, Montana.
Geer continued, “Even though the geopolitical landscape is much different than it was 75 years ago, citizen diplomacy and projects like this are embraced by both the people and governments of our countries. Only through listening and learning from others can we hope to share our history, our culture, our identity, and our future.”
On November 27, 2018, an official signing ceremony was attended by numerous Russian dignitaries, educators, and veterans in Krasnoyarsk, Russia along with representatives from BRAVO 369 in Bellingham, Washington. Addressing American partners from BRAVO 369, Mayor of Krasnoyarsk Sergei Eremin noted "We honor and are very sensitive to the project that will connect two continents. The "friendship flight" will strengthen our historical ties and remind you: you need to appreciate the past - then there will be a future. I am grateful to all the organizers from both the American and Russian sides. As many people as possible should be aware of the legendary mission of air route and the history of the heroes."
BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation Announces Around-the-World Friendship Flight to Honor World War II Veterans in 2020
An international team will fly the Alaska-Siberia air route from the United States, across Russia and Europe, to pay tribute to American and Allied war veterans.
Bellingham, Washington, USA. November 13, 2018 - Citizen diplomats from both the United States and Russia are preparing an around the world “friendship flight” via the Alaska-Siberia air route (ALSIB) to honor the brave men and women of the United States, Canada, Russia and our other Allied nations as part of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
According to Jeff Geer, president and chairman of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, “We selected this route to draw attention to this little-known aspect of World War II history. Few people know that the United States and the former Soviet Union were once Allies. In fact, even fewer know that between 1942 and 1945 nearly 8,000 military aircraft were flown from the United States to Russia using the ALSIB air route. This program played a pivotal role in the war, yet its full and comprehensive story remains to be told.” In 2015, BRAVO 369 teamed with Russian flight partner, RUSAVIA, to fly the extremely challenging 6,000-mile air route stretching from Great Falls, Montana through western Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska and then across Siberia to Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
The ALSIB route was created under the Lend-Lease Act which was conceived by the Roosevelt Administration in 1941 just before the United States entered World War II. Under Lend-Lease, American factories, just emerging from the Great Depression, were rapidly converted to industrial powerhouses creating an "Arsenal of Democracy" in order fight the Axis powers and overtake the highly-advanced technologies of both Germany and Japan. During the “The Great Patriotic War,” as it is known in Russia, Lend-Lease and the ALSIB program was a vital link in helping them defeat the Nazis who had invaded the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941.
From June through August 2020, BRAVO 369 will undertake this historic flight, known as ALSIB 2020, beginning in Great Falls, Montana – the original staging base for ALSIB operations – travel through Canada and Alaska, and then into Russia. There they will be joined once again by their friends and former team members at RUSAVIA for the ALSIB portion of the flight. After departing Russia, the flight will continue across Europe with a final stop in the United Kingdom before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and back to North America, ending where it began in Great Falls, Montana.
Geer continued, “Even though the geopolitical landscape is much different than it was 75 years ago, citizen diplomacy and projects like this are embraced by both the people and governments of our countries. Perhaps, examples such as this can lead to improved diplomatic relations.”
On October 5, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, presented a letter to Jeff Geer and the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, giving his personal endorsement of the historic ALSIB 2020 project. Ambassador Antonov stated, “Intent to repeat the reenactment in 2020 honoring the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War and the end of WWII, while making it a round-the-world flight with a greater number of planes, deserves the highest praise and support. I am confident that your project will meet the high standards of the humanitarian mission and will show a clear example to our nations of one of the renowned chapters in our ancestors’ heroic deeds, make a great contribution to the efforts aimed to preserve Russia – U.S. common historical and cultural heritage.”
According to RUSAVIA’s general director and flight partner, Sergey Baranov, “ALSIB 2020 promises to be a landmark event as this is the last major commemoration that will be attended by our remaining veterans who served in the war. It is our chance to honor these brave men and women. ALSIB 2020 will tell their story and, as such, deserves to be supported.” He continued “It is a worthy undertaking; a noble cause that will help bring together the people of Russia and the United States by reminding us all of the shared sacrifice and cooperation in World War II.”
This challenging flight across Russia and beyond will be made using vintage World War II aircraft – the same type that were flown during the ALSIB program. According to Geer, “During the war, U.S. pilots delivered the aircraft only as far as Fairbanks, Alaska. The planes were then handed over to the Soviet pilots who flew them, year-round in all kinds of weather, across Siberia. It is as large of a logistical effort now as it was then to move aircraft and crews over long distances with difficult terrain and flying conditions. We are truly honored to re-create and document this historical event so that it can be shared and preserved for future generations.”
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US plans round-the-world route via Siberia to commemorate WW2 anniversary
November 13, 21:38UTC+3
The route is due to start in June 2020 from Great Falls, Montana
NEW YORK, November 13. /TASS/.
A US public organization BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation is planning a round-the-world air route along with their Russian partners via the airspace of Russia, Europe, the Atlantic and the US to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War 2, the organization’s president Jeff Geer informed on Tuesday.
In June 2020, the ALSIB-2020 (Alaska-Siberia 2020) air route will set off in Great Falls, Montana. The round-the-world route will cover the US, Canada, Alaska, Russia, the UK, the Atlantic, ending in the US in August.
"We selected this route to draw attention to this little-known aspect of World War 2 history," Jeff Geer noted in a statement. "Few people know that the United States and the former Soviet Union were once Allies. In fact, even fewer know that between 1942 and 1945, nearly 8,000 military aircraft were flown from the United States to Russia using the ALSIB air route. This program played a pivotal role in the war, yet its full and comprehensive story remains to be told."
"Even though the geopolitical landscape is much different than it was 75 years ago, citizen diplomacy and projects like this are embraced by both the people and governments of our countries. Perhaps, examples such as this can lead to improved diplomatic relations," Geer added.
In late October, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov expressed support for the ALSIB-2020 project in a letter addressed to Jeff Geer, noting its contribution to maintaining joint historical and cultural legacy of both countries.
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