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The Northwest Staging Route, Edmonton-Fairbanks, 1943


This film follows Lend Lease fighter, bomber, and transport aircraft bound for Russia, from Edmonton to Ladd Field in Fairbanks (9:42).

Locations and events:
0:09 - Carcross, Yukon.
0:26 - Fairchild FC-2W2 CF-BXF on floats taking off at Carcross. This aircraft is currently being restored to non-flying status by by Bob Cameron at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse.
1:13 - airport construction.
1:54 - paving airport runway.
2:31 - building the control tower at Watson Lake, Yukon.
2:51 - loading an RCAF C47 with camp suplies including bed frames, chairs, and boxes of lye.
3:34 - C47 taking off from Edmonton, Alberta.
3:45 - aerial view of Edmonton.
3:56 - airport at Fort St. John, BC.
4:06 - Carcross, Yukon.
5:26 - aerial view of the CANOL oil refinery at Whitehorse, Yukon.
5:30 - aerial view of downtown Whitehorse and the airport.
5:40 - control tower at the Whitehorse airport.
5:46 - dignitaries and military officers, followed by inspection and parade.
6:19 - sternwheeler Aksala
6:30 - soldiers clowning on an old Royal Mail wagon.
6:43 delivery to aircraft at Whitehorse by a dog-powered cart.
7:13 - massive lineup of P39 fighters, C47 transports, and other aircraft at Ladd Field in Fairbanks, Alaska.
7:27 - control tower at Ladd Field; P39 taxis by very close, with newly-applied Red Star insignia.
7:33 - over 100 P39s with Red Star insignia.
7:58 - more P39s with Red Star insignia.
8:07 - aircraft mechanics doing inspection of P39; conferring with aircrew.
8:35 - Russian aircrews ready to take over the aircraft.
8:43 - C47 takes off past fleet of P39s at Ladd Field.
9:28 - formation of eight P39s led by a B26 light bomber.

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