One wall 3 Photos panorama of a painted what it looked like in the 1940s Downtown Vancouver WA. Mural. Click to Enlarge. Painting of Valery Chkalov at the Pearson Airfield. In 1936 and 1937, he participated in several ultra long flights, including a 63-hour flight from Moscow, Soviet Union to Vancouver, Washington, United States via the North Pole on an Tupolev ANT-25 plane (June 18–20, 1937), a non-stop distance of 8,811 kilometres (5,475 mi). The flight pioneered the polar air route from Europe to the American Pacific Coast. This Airfield is still in use today. On the wall of a dance studio in Downtown Vancouver WA.