Here is a history of Russia's 1937 attempt to convince the world that their aircraft could fly great distances nonstop.  In collaboration with Canadian and American governments the Soviets tasked a long distance flight to fly from Moscow to the United States (Vancouver, Washington) without refuelling. 

Using a French aircraft  they called their own, the Russians arrived in the U.S. with great fanfare, but read what uhor Chris Weicht has determined from years of sleuthing this historic event.

Red Star Over Canada by Chris Weicht

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