80th Anniversary of Krasnoyarsk Air Route (ALSIB). 1942-2022

2022 is the year of the 80th Anniversary of the Krasnoyarsk Air Route (wider known as the Alaska-Siberia Air Route) organized for the transfer of military aircraft from the United States to the USSR under the Lend-Lease program during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The first planes to cover the air route created practically from scratch in sparsely populated areas of the north-east of the country with difficult geographic, economic, meteorological conditions during a very difficult difficult period of the first year of the Great Patriotic War, landed at the Krasnoyarsk airfield on November 11th 1942. Starting from that moment, the supply of military aircraft to the front through Krasnoyarsk continued until October 1945 - the end of the Second World War. More than 8,000 aircraft were timely delivered to the front and made a significant contribution to the great Victory over the enemy.

Krasnoyarsk was chosen as the final and most important point for the ferrying pilots due to the most developed by 1941 transport and especially aviation infrastructure. It was in Krasnoyarsk, the center of creation and development of polar aviation, that all conditions had been created for training personnel, receiving, servicing, repairing and forwarding to the front of such ​a huge number of various aircraft.

In this regard, the Administration of the City of Krasnoyarsk, together with the Siberian Federal University, the Expedition Center of the Russian Geographical Society and the city's patriotic public organizations, holds in Krasnoyarsk in 2022 a number of events dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of the Krasnoyarsk Air Route "Alaska-Siberia".

Organizations and individuals that take an active part in the organization and holding of the events:

  1. Embassy of the Russian Federation in the USA in Washington;
  2. Congress of Russian Americans;
  3. Russian Cultural Center in Alaska;
  4. BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation​;
  5. Center of Russian-American friendship in Anchorage;
  6. Center of Russian-American friendship in Fairbanks;
  7. Irina and August Shaefer (USA);
  8. Victory Memorial Museum (at the museum web-site there is a special section devoted to the Krasnoyarsk Air Route​);
  9. Public Chamber of the City of Krasnoyarsk;
  10. Siberian Federal University;
  11. Military Engineering Institute of Siberian Federal University​​;
  12. Children's Art School №1 named after V.I. Surikov;
  13. Lyceum №11 (on the basis of the Lyceum №11 school museum "My Little Homeland" was opened an exposition "The Secret Air Route Alaska-Siberia");
  14. Secondary school №149 (on the basis of the Secondary school №149 was organized the museum of aviation of Krasnoyarsk region);
  15. Expedition Center of the Russian Geographical Society in the Siberian Federal District.
The International Scientific and Practical Conference "Lend-Lease. Routes of cooperation against the mutual enemy. 75th Anniversary of Krasnoyarsk Air Route (Alaska-Siberia)."

On November 10th-11th 2017 the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Lend-Lease. Routes of cooperation against the mutual enemy. 75th Anniversary of Krasnoyarsk Air Route (Alaska-Siberia)." was held in Krasnoyarsk by the Siberian Federal University.

The main goal of the anniversary conference is to establish and strengthen the contacts within the scientific community in the study of the history of the interaction of the Allied countries of the anti-Hitler coalition in the fight against the German fascist invaders during the Second World War, on the example of the history of the Krasnoyarsk Air Route (Alaska-Siberia).

American documentary filmed during Second World War about the Krasnoyarsk Air Route and an interview with an American pilot, Mike Hunt, who actually ferried the Lend-Lease planes on the USA-Canadian part of the air route:

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