The Chkalov Transpolar Flight

The Chkalov Transpolar Flight (HMYAP)

Location: Vancouver, WA 98661 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 37.451', W 122° 39.426'

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Pearson Field

On June 20, 1937, the world's attention turned to Pearson Field when a Russian ANT-25 aircraft landed after making the first non-stop flight over the North Pole.

The red and gray, single-engined aircraft "Stalin's Route" carried over 2,000 gallons of fuel, and sported a 112 foot wingspan. It was crewed by three of the Soviet Union's top airmen: Valery Chkalov, pilot; Georgi Baidukov, co-pilot; and Alexander Belyakov, navigator.

Taking off from Moscow on June 17, 1937, and bound for Oakland, California, the aircraft flew for almost 65 hours through sub-zero temperatures and thickening ice on its wings, before a sudden drop in oil pressure forced them to land at Pearson Field.

The unexpected aviators breakfasted with Vancouver Barracks' commanding officer, General George C. Marshall, then faced throngs of journalists, politicians, and curious spectators. They were treated to a month-long tour of the United States that ended in Washington, D.C. at a reception with President Roosevelt. The massive aircraft was dismantled and shipped to Paris for display, then home to Moscow.
Placed ByVancouver National Historic Reserve
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 1:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 526730 N 5052350
Decimal Degrees45.62418333, -122.65710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 37.451', W 122° 39.426'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 37' 27.06" N, 122° 39' 25.56" W
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Area Code(s)360
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver WA 98661, US
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