Chkalov Landing at Pearson Airfield

Painted by Guy Drennan and Linda Stanton in 2008

Commemorates the first Trans-polar non-stop flight from Russia to the US. The pilots decided to land at Pearson airport rather than Los Angeles considering the way the French had reacted to Charles Lindberg flight earlier by tearing his airplane to pieces.

The image is from a photograph which was adjusted to fit the available space. The starboard wing was painted on the glass of the building (formerly a J.C.Penney store). The extract from Chkalov’s speech was printed on a metal sheet and attached to the wall. The image was sponsored by Buck and Lilia Heidrick, Realvest Corporation, Jeff Barger, CTS Language Link, Sherwin Williams Paint, Coast Rentals and United Rentals