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Chkalov event grounded for now

first_imgA celebration of Vancouver’s role in an aviation milestone has been put on hold for a couple of months.A Russian delegation, including two daughters of Soviet pilot Valery Chkalov, was scheduled to visit Vancouver this weekend to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Transpolar Flight Monument.However, some members of the group were unable to obtain visas in time. Jess Frost, one of the organizers of the commemoration, said the Russians will try to reschedule their visit for August or September.Other international events also seemed to be complicating the weekend, said Frost, co-chairman of the Chkalov Cultural Exchange Committee.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is preparing to visit the United States, and some of the Russian officials and dignitaries expected to be part of the delegation to Vancouver are changing their travel plans.“The Russian consulate in Seattle is closing up shop,” Frost said, “and going to San Francisco,” where Medvedev is expected to visit Silicon Valley.The hallmark event was scheduled to be a ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Transpolar Flight Monument on the Pearson Air Museum grounds.The weeklong tour was to include a visit in Olympia with Sam Reed, Washington’s secretary of state, to discuss a joint planning committee for the 75th anniversary of the flight in 2012.last_img read more