Polar Aviation Directorate
Управление Полярной Авиации
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR)
4 panels (8 pp), 101 x 225 mm, RU
Aeroflot Advertising Office
In the Center of the Arctic
Excellent album about Soviet explorations in the Arctic region. The book illustrates the important role of Aeroflot's Polar Division.
92 pp, hardcover plus dustjacket, 250 x 340 mm, RU
Publishing House 'Pravda'
Moscow, 1955 - 40,000
Soviet Woman N°9 1966
The backcover of the English version of this issue shows an Aeroflot Polar Aviation Lisunov 2 in the Arctic. There's also a 6-page article 'The Near Arctic' by Ludmila Pavlova and photographs by B. Pokrovsky about North Yakutia and the Arctic.
44 pp, 260 x 340 mm, EN
First transcontinental flight expedition Moscow - Antarctica - Moscow, 15 December 1961 till 2 February 1962
On 15 December 1961, Ilyushin Il-18V-26A 'CCCP-75743' (captain A.S. Polyakov) and Antonov An-12TP-2 'CCCP-04366' (captain B.S. Osipov) took off from Sheremetyevo. A total of 33 people were on board both aircraft of which 17 were flight crew and technicians. The flight expedition was led by A. Afanasyev, head of the Central Sea Route and the Hero of the Soviet Union, and M.I. Shevelev, Head of the Polar Aviation Directorate of the USSR. The flight route was Tashkent - Delhi - Rangoon - Jakarta - Darwin - Sydney - Christchurch - McMurdo - Bunger Hills - Mirny.
On Christmas day, 10 days after departure, both aircraft arrived at Bunger Hills (Antarctica). The An-12 continued to Mirny the same day and the Il-18 followed 2 days later. The An-12 airplane had flown the route of 25 793 km, over four continents and two oceans, in 48 hours 27 min., Il-18 - in 44 hours 46 min. The An-12 had its wheels removed and converted with skis and made two cargo test flights to the Vostok station to deliver equipment and fuel.
For their return, the runway of Mirny was in poor condition because the ice was beginning to thaw so both aircraft flew first with little fuel to Bunger Hills where they were fully fueled. Here they took off on 24 January 1962, after almost a month on Antarctica. The return route was the same, apart from Mac Murdo and both aircraft arrived back in Moscow on 2 February 1962.
Watch the movie by director: M. Troyanovsky (17 min 24 sec)