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Transpolar Flight Historical Marker

1 panorama; 2 detail screens; photographed on November 11, 2012

 

On a quiet day in 1937, a strange aircraft with massive red wings and only a single engine suddenly appeared in the sky over the small town of San Jacinto California. It promptly landed in a cow pasture. Any aircraft dropping in unannounced like this would have caused a stir among the local population but this one carried with it a truly amazing story. The aircraft was a Tupolev ANT-25 and it had just completed a record setting 6,305 mile, 62 hour non-stop flight from Moscow. The crew were given a hero’s welcome and treated to a ticker tape parade through Los Angeles.

You can use the navigation buttons in the lower left corner of the panorama window above to look to the left and right, up and down, and to zoom in and out. If you prefer, you can also look around by moving the mouse with the left button held down, and you can use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out. When you are ready, click on one of the hot links to read the marker. If you have trouble finding the hot links, the “Guide” button can be used to reveal them. For the best visual experience, click on the “Full Screen” button.

There’s only the one panorama, with two detail screens for reading the Riverside County historical marker. Not a lot to see here, but still a fascinating part of aviation history.

More information on this epic flight and the aircraft and crew that accomplished it can be found through the following links:

http://www.stamp-collecting-world.com/USSR_F1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_ANT-25

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