pdx tales
"Epochal Soviet Flight Ends", June 21st 1937.  Front page story about the Soviet Chkalov expedition, the first intercontinental flight over the north pole,  The 63 hour flight departed Moscow and landed at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington (rather than Oakland, their original destination).  If you fly between Europe and the West Coast, you’ll fly more or less the same great circle route Chkalov and his crew pioneered.  Except, of course, that there aren’t any direct flights between here and Moscow.

There’s an obelisk commemorating the flight at Pearson Field, and a nearby road has been named Chkalov Drive since the 1970s.

"Epochal Soviet Flight Ends", June 21st 1937. Front page story about the Soviet Chkalov expedition, the first intercontinental flight over the north pole, The 63 hour flight departed Moscow and landed at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington (rather than Oakland, their original destination). If you fly between Europe and the West Coast, you’ll fly more or less the same great circle route Chkalov and his crew pioneered. Except, of course, that there aren’t any direct flights between here and Moscow.

There’s an obelisk commemorating the flight at Pearson Field, and a nearby road has been named Chkalov Drive since the 1970s.