I’m such a dork! I went digging around and found an erratic scan of a 1937 Polikarpov technical manual. It’s a beautiful object and I hope that the layout and typography can influence Night Witches if/when it comes to fruition. I know The Mad Irishman is a huge Russian nut so signs point to yes.
All this in lieu of actually finishing the game. That’s how I roll! One thing absorbing this manual has given me is perspective – for all the talk about how clumsy and simple the PO-2 is, any airplane is an incredibly complex machine. Keeping them flying in brutal weather and primitive conditions was a triumph in itself. Go, lady mechanics!