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America secretly trains Russian Air Force to fly deadly, American-built warplanes…in North Carolina!

Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin conceived Project Zebra mission in Tehran, Iran

Sound impossible, given today’s headlines?

Well, not only did the top-secret mission Project Zebra actually happen, but it remained classified until December 31, 2012, thanks to Harry Truman’s insistence the world should never know about “Roosevelt’s collaboration with the devil.”

During the early stages of World War II, Hitler and his allies invaded Russia and destroyed 80% of the entire Soviet Air Force. Without air support, German U-boats and Japanese submarines subsequently destroyed 60% of the desperately needed war materials shipped to the Soviets in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Consequently, the top-secret mission called Project Zebra was born at a Roosevelt and Stalin summit in Tehran.

Under the terms of the agreement, America built 185 of state-of-the-art largest amphibious warplane ever made—the PBN-Nomad—at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. And, 12 uniquely qualified US Naval officers spent 18 months at a little-known airbase in tiny Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where they trained 300 Soviet airmen—who arrived and left under the cover of night—to operate and maintain these sophisticated aircraft.

The deadly 11-crew amphibious warplane plane America built for Russia

The huge, heavily armed Nomads, that could fly up to 30 hours without refueling, destroyed numerous German and Japan vessels, and reopened numerous shipping lanes without a single loss. But, when Roosevelt died, the decidedly anti-Soviet President Truman refused to let the world know about “Roosevelt’s collaboration with the devil.” Consequently, the mission remained buried in the dustbin of history, until now.

Russian and America airmen pose for posterity on the tarmac in Elizabeth City, N.C. Circa 1944

Project Zebra, Roosevelt and Stalin’s Top-Secret Mission to Train 300 Soviet Airmen in America, contains untold personal insights, rare pictures, and previously unreleased documents which indicate Project Zebra more than just a successful military mission; it was a historic human event, which may never be repeated.

The Soviet and American teams shared experiences that created bonds of trust and mutual respect, despite their language barriers and cultural differences—something that might serve us well to model during these uncertain Russian-American moments.

DATE: Oct.10.2018 | CATEGORY: Archived