Approaching the 80th anniversary of Russian plane landing in San Jacinto

Photo by Matt McPherson/The Valley ChronicleJack Warneke poses with a model of the Tupolev ANT-25 Soviet long rang experimental aircraft that made the transpolar flight from Russia to S. ■ By Matt Mcpherson / Columnist Believe it or not, in 1937, a Russian transpolar flight landed in San Jacinto. The record-setting flight across the continents advanced the aircraft industry among the 1930s world powers and set the stage for the large bombers the Soviet Union used during World War II. July 14 will mark 80 years since Russian pilot Michael Gromov made the record-breaking flight from Russia over the North Pole and then landed in San Jacinto. In 1987 at the

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