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Soviet plane lands in bay

 

Photo courtesy of Resurrection Bay Historical Society

The Soviet airplane, Land of the Soviets, made the first west to east flight from Moscow to New York an on the way landed at Seward on Sept. 27, 1929.

The Soviet airplane, Land of the Soviets, made the first west to east flight from Moscow to New York an on the way landed at Seward on Sept. 27, 1929. It was greeted by a large crowd and Seward Mayor P. C. McMullen welcomed the four-man crew. That evening there was a banquet for the crew. The plane left Seward on the Sept. 29.

The Land of the Soviets left Moscow on Aug. 23, 1929 and reached New York on Nov. 1, 1929. The crew completed the 13,199-mile flight in 137 air hours.

Permission to continue the flight across the Atlantic was denied and the plane returned to the Soviet Union by ocean liner.

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