Celebrate Russian-American aviation achievements at Pearson June 24

Join the National Park Service, representatives from the Russian Consulate in Seattle, and partners at Pearson Air Museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, for a special program celebrating the 80th anniversary of Valery Chkalov’s landmark transpolar flight from Moscow, Russia, to Pearson Field, and its significance to the community.

Chkalov, along with co-pilot Georgi Baidukov and navigator Alexander Belyakov, landed at Pearson Field on the morning of June 20, 1937. Their flight from Moscow and over the North Pole, the first of its kind, lasted 63 hours and 16 minutes.

The program will include music provided by the Vancouver Community Concert Band, brief remarks, a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial to the flight located adjacent to the air museum, and a reception with complimentary refreshments. Visitors are also invited to tour “A RED BOLT FROM THE BLUE,” a recently-opened exhibit that highlights the history of the transpolar flight.

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the flight, a selection of paintings will feature Chkalovsk, Russia – birthplace and namesake of Chkalov, at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The bookstore will also feature books about the flight, aviation pins, and hand-painted jewelry, toys, and “Matryoshka” nesting dolls from Russia. To learn more, visit https://go.usa.gov/xNp6C.