Soviet transpolar flight, July 1937

Soviet transpolar flight, July 1937

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Caption: Soviet transpolar flight. Americans gathered around a Soviet ANT-25 single-engine monoplane on 15 July 1937, after it had flown non-stop from Moscow, USSR, to San Jacinto, California, USA, passing over the North Pole en route. The pilots were Mikhail Gromov, Andrei Yumashev and Sergei Danilin. The first transpolar flight had been made on 20 June 1937, but only reached Vancouver (in Washington State, USA). This flight (12-14 July) broke long-distance flying records, with the flight covering 11,500kilometres and taking 62 hours 17 minutes. The plane landed in a cow field, and was later examined by a California fruit inspector fearful of Russian insect pests. The crews of both planes became celebrities in the USA and USSR.

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