“1942 … the Germans were advancing very quickly, and our regiment was retreating with the army. One of our pilots made a reconnaissance flight with my aircraft, and upon landing she hit the propeller and knocked off part of the blade. The enemy tanks were closing in on our airfield, and our Regimental commander ordered us to redeploy to another location. There was no time to replace the propeller, and I had a choice of destroying the aircraft and leaving on a truck or flying it out if possible. I had the mechanic quickly cut off part of the opposite blade of the propeller to reduce the vibration. I got the aircraft into the air, and it was shaking so fiercely that only by holding the control stick with a strong grip could I manage to fly it. On my seat I was like a peanut jumping in boiling oil on a hot frying pan! I was escorted by the other planes of the regiment, but what was the use of that protection? If I fell down, nobody could save me. It was really moral support.”
– Senior Lieutenant Nina Raspopova, Pilot, Flight Commander, HSU

“On a mission near Novorossik, I had just dropped my bombs on the railway tracks and was turning away when I saw a German fighter, a Focke-Wulf, flying toward me. I managed to dive and make a sideslip. Only pure chance saved me, and I escaped the enemy’s fire. But the aircraft behind me, piloted by Dusya Nosal, was caught by the enemy fire. She was killed in her cockpit. Her navigator, Irina Kashirina, in the back cockpit knew how to fly and took over the controls, but the dead pilot had slumped forward over the control stick, and she was not able to use the controls. So she had to reach forward and hold the dead body by the collar with her left hand and control the aircraft with her right hand. The rough air over the Crimean hills almost caused her to crash, but she brought the plane with the body of the dead pilot back to the regimental airfield. She was in a state of shock.”
– Major Marina Smirnova, Squadron Commander, HSU

Night Witches: This Is What A Badass Looks Like

5 thoughts on “Night Witches: This Is What A Badass Looks Like

  • March 6, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Thanks Jason. From just these excerpts this sounds really cool. Looking forward to more.

    Any update on BS?

  • March 6, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Thanks, Tom. More playtesting for BS, but it feels close to done.

  • March 6, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I’m happy to playtest if you need me. It is a good game.

  • March 7, 2008 at 11:13 am

    This game just keeps sounding more and more fun. Thanks, I look forward to hearing more.

    P.S. I think my boss and two guys from Canon were play testing the LARP rules for BS yesterday.

  • March 7, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Yeah, I get to playtest the LARP myself quite often. “playtesting the LARP” – that’s a good euphemism for … a lot of things.

    Thanks guys.

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