Kicking off the first 2015 meeting of the state Legislature’s “Aviation Caucus” Thursday will be a visit from two members of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, a Bellingham-based group dedicated to recreating a flight along the historic Alaska-Siberia air route used in World War II.
The little-known air route represented a dangerous 6,000-mile journey from Great Falls, Montana, to Alaska and on through Siberia to Moscow. As part of the Lend-Lease Program, the original BRAVO 369 pilots risked their lives by delivering military aircraft and other supplies to the United States’ allies in Russia during World War II.
“The story of the BRAVO 369 flights is fascinating and largely untold. Shedding light on these heroic pilots and making history come to life is exactly what I’d hoped I could do when I formed this caucus,” said Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. Continue reading