“Warm greetings to the Stalinist pupils, the courageous and steadfast fliers of our homeland!” This 1937 poster commemorates the world’s first nonstop transpolar flight. Pictured (from left to right) are Soviet airmen Valerii Chkalov, Georgii Baidukov, and Aleksandr Beliakov.

From Dictatorship of the air: aviation culture and the fate of modern Russia by Scott W. Palmer

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  • Figure 50. “Warm greetings to the Stalinist pupils, the courageous and steadfast fliers of our homeland!” This 1937 poster commemorates the world’s first nonstop transpolar flight. Pictured (from left to right) are Soviet airmen Valerii Chkalov, Georgii Baidukov, and Aleksandr Beliakov.