Cockpit view of final approach to Nome Airport, along Norton Sound,
about 125 miles from the Bering Straits. Jimmy Doolittle grew
up here and he was a pretty tough guy. P-3s staged here for North Sea
Route (NSR) patrols in late September and early October, when Soviet
ships would take trans-arctic journeys to their Siberian and Pacific
ports. Operating out of Nome gave new meaning to the term “Cold
Cockpit view of the sea ice routinely observed on North Sea Route missions
in Septembers and Octobers of the Cold War. Around 1989 the Navy
began issuing Imperial survival suits in case we ever had to ditch in
such frigid waters.
This shows a Soviet icebreaker of the Ivan Susanin Class cutting a path
through the sea ice leading a string of ships making the North Sea Route
(NSR) transfer to the north Pacific through the Chukchi Sea.
Soviet weather reporting icebreaker Georgiy Sedov in the Chukchi Sea
in 1986. She was one of two icebreakers converted for such duty, usually
working out of the Siberian port of Anadyr. Our P-3s "rigged"any
vessels we encountered while patrolling the sea lanes; photographing,
noting location, course, speed and identifying the type of ship.
Note sailor waiving to us on the after deck!
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