National Geographic : 1944 Dec
Sunny Siberia Polar Bear on a C-54 Transport Is the Trademark of an Unborn Airline Col. Richard T. Kight, who flew the author to Siberia, peers from the cockpit. A Soviet flyer designed the insignia as a pledge that after the war the two airmen would organize an Alaska-Siberia "Polar Bear" airline. © National Geographic Society Kodachromes by Owen Lattimore Siberia's Hosts to Visiting Americans Were a Diplomat and Air Force General Dimitri Chuvakhin, head of the American section, Soviet Foreign Office, poses with General Semeonov, chief of the Alaska-Siberia air ferry. Since June, 1942, thousands of Lend-Lease planes have flown across Bering Sea.