Russian Team Searches for Lost Soviet Bomber

A Russian team recently spent time in Alaska searching for a Soviet bomber that went missing during a 1937 North Pole flight.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A Russian team recently spent time in Alaska searching for a Soviet bomber that went missing during a 1937 North Pole flight.


The team is being assisted by the Russian Geographical Society in its search that began in August from the North Slope village of Nuiqsut.


The Russian bomber took off with much fanfare near Moscow on Aug. 12, 1937. The pilot, Sigizmund Levanevsky, had planned to touch down in Fairbanks, then continue to Chicago and New York.


Documentary filmmaker Yuri Salnikov led this year's expedition to search for the wreckage.


He was following up on previous reports that Inupiat hunters had watched a plane go down at Oliktok Point, east of the Colville River. He hopes to continue searching next year.

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