The City of Krasnoyarsk proposed to jointly facilitate the implementation of the project known as ALSIB 2020™. The project is a re-creation of World War II / The Great Patriotic War flights from the United States using the historical 6,000 mile Krasnoyarsk Air Route / Alaska-Siberia Air Route (ALSIB) in 2020. From Krasnoyarsk, the flight will proceed around the world, returning to the United States through Europe.
As part of the Warplanes to Siberia project, the GFR Group and Krasnoyarsk will participate as a unified international team aimed at recognizing the veterans and citizens of the countries involved in the historic air route and its vital role during the war years.
The purpose of this joint agreement is to:
The GFR Group is honored to have The City of Krasnoyarsk join the project as an ALSIB partner city and supporter!
History of Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia and a key American ally during World War II / The Great Patriotic War. As part of the ALSIB program, Krasnoyarsk was the end point in the long relay of American-made military aircraft and other materiel from the United States to the former Soviet Union vital to the war effort.
Known as the cultural capital of Siberia, Krasnoyarsk was originally named as “Krasniy Yar,” meaning “Beautiful Bank.” The turning point for the city’s history was the construction of the great Trans-Siberian Railway in 1895. This railway connected Krasnoyarsk with the central part of Russia and was later a major contributor to the war effort. Both aircraft and war materiel were shipped into central Russia using the railroad.
Today, after almost four centuries from its foundation, Krasnoyarsk is the major industrial, transport, scientific, cultural and sporting center of Eastern Siberia and the capital of the second largest region of Russia. It is also recognized as one of the most comfortable cities in Russia.
Krasnoyarsk and the ALSIB Air Route
The ALSIB was conceived by both the United States and the USSR under the Lend-Lease program during the Great Patriotic War from 1941-1945. The air route, which was created practically from scratch in sparsely populated areas, was faced with challenging geographic, economic, and meteorological conditions during the very difficult first few years of the war. The first planes to arrive 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, shortly after the end of the war. In all, more than 8,000 aircraft were delivered to the fighting front using the ALSIB air route, making a significant contribution to Russia’s great victory over the enemy.
Krasnoyarsk was chosen as the final and most important point for the ferrying pilots since it was the most developed by 1941, especially its aviation infrastructure. It was also the center of creation and development of polar aviation with facilities for training personnel, receiving, servicing, repairing, and forwarding these huge numbers of aircraft to the front.
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, held a number of events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the creation of this historic air route.