US, Russia fly international friendship flight to honor WWII veterans

The United States and Russia have announced they have co-ordinated an around the world friendship flight through the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation to honor WWII veterans from the US, Canada, Russia and other Allied nations as part of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the company said.

BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation said it selected the route between Alaska and Siberia (ALSIB) to draw attention to this little-known aspect of World War II history. Few people know that the United States and the former Soviet Union were once Allies. Between 1942 and 1945 nearly 8,000 military aircraft were flown from the United States to Russia using the ALSIB air route.

From June through August 2020, BRAVO 369 will undertake this historic flight, known as ALSIB 2020, beginning in Great Falls, Montana — the original staging base for ALSIB operations — travel through Canada and Alaska, and then into Russia. There they will be joined once again by their friends and former team members at RUSAVIA for the ALSIB portion of the flight. After departing Russia, the flight will continue across Europe with a final stop in the United Kingdom before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and back to North America, ending where it began in Great Falls, Montana.

The BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of a dedicated group of business, education, and aviation professionals, committed to education and the support of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs by providing scholarship opportunities, preserving historical aircraft, and inspiring youth worldwide.

Russian Aviation Company, Ltd. (RUSAVIA) is the supplier of aviation parts, instruments, and equipment for Russian-built aircraft worldwide.