Mikhail Gromov, Soviet transpolar pilot

Mikhail Gromov, Soviet transpolar pilot

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Caption: Mikhail Mikhailovich Gromov (1899-1985), Soviet pilot, wearing aviation clothing for the July 1937 transpolar flight across the North Pole. Gromov was one of three pilots on this pioneering flight. They flew an ANT-25 single-engine monoplane non-stop across the Arctic, from Moscow, USSR, to San Jacinto, California, USA. The first transpolar flight had been made on 20th June 1937, but only reached Vancouver. This flight (12-14th July) broke long-distance flying records, with the flight covering 11,500 kilometres and taking 62 hours 17 minutes. Following the flight, the pilots became celebrities in the USA and USSR. Photographed in Moscow, Russia.

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