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Soviet N-209 transpolar flight taking off, on 12th August 1937. Earlier in the year, several successful transpolar flights had been made from the USSR to the USA. This flight, in a modified DB-A aircraft, flew from Moscow over the Arctic towards Alaska. The crew were Nikolai Galkovsky (radio operator), Nikolai Kastanayev (second pilot), Sigizmund Levanevsky (commander), Grigory Pobezhimov (flight engineer), Nikolai Godovikov (flight engineer) and Viktor Levchenko (pilot-navigator). While over the Arctic, communications ceased. It is thought that the aeroplane crashed, though an extensive search failed to find any wreckage.
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