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    Самолёты и авиация

    Russians are good at making warplanes, piloting warplanes, making games about piloting warplanes and writing songs about warplanes' pilots.

    And here is one of my favorite songs called "The Rooks have arrived" by Nikolay Anisimov. It's a song about a pilot of SU-25 fighter-bomber, who got under heavy fire on a mission to help entrapped in mountains recon squad during the war in Chechnya. SU-25 is called "Rook" among pilots (because they look alike, i think ) and the name of the song is referring to the famous Savrasov painting.

    Hard to tell why i love this song. Tune is simple and lyrics are not too elegant. But listening to it you feel like you're speaking directly to this pilot - a man who's risking his life and making every effort to help his comrades-in-arms and his country in this war.

    I made an amateur translation. It's not that great, but hopefully not awful.

    Грачи прилетели (Николай Анисимов)

    Как обычно, вылет срочный,
    Знать прижали наших точно
    Мы летаем денно-нощно
    На свой вечный риск и страх.
    Наношу в планшете метку,
    Там в квадрате, словно в клетке,
    Задыхается разведка
    В этих чертовых горах

    Нам поставлена задача
    (Вот еще бы нам удачи)
    Мы торопимся, иначе
    Там поляжет целый взвод.
    Запускаюсь без газовки
    Техник в старенькой спецовке
    Хлопнет борт по законцовке
    Два "грача" идут на взлет!

    Мы не смотрим на пейзажи,
    Надо быть всегда на страже!
    Между гор и скал виражим
    Эй, браток, не отставай
    Выхожу из-за пригорка,
    Осмотрелся я на "горке"
    Ничего себе разборки!
    Ну, ведомый, не зевай!

    Эй, внизу, держись, пехота
    Начинается работа...
    "Справа 30 - пулеметы!"
    Мне "земля" в эфир орет.
    Доворот, бросаю ФАБы
    И на выводе не слабо,
    Словно я попал в ухабы,
    Заболтало самолет.

    Трассера как паутина-
    Маневрирую активно;
    Живописная картина,
    Как Саврасова "Грачи"
    Прилетели, выручаем...
    С огоньком нас здесь встречают,
    Вновь "земля" не отвечает,
    Ну, разведка, не молчи!

    Я кручусь и кувыркаюсь,
    В сотый раз я зарекаюсь-
    По прилету увольняюсь,
    Что б не я 200-й груз
    На хрена пошел я в Качу?
    Вот Ульяновск - все иначе
    Был бы дом, машина, дача
    И водил бы я "Арбуз"

    "Грач", бедняга, изувечен
    Я за это им отвечу!
    И несутся мне навстречу
    Ярко-красные шары.
    Чудеса еще бывают-
    Я живой, хоть попадают
    Пот глаза мне разъедает
    И не скрыться от жары

    Горячо - не просто жарко!
    Отправляю вниз "подарки"
    Удержать попробуй марку
    Под свинцовым кипятком
    ВПУ, как пушка танка-
    Грохот выстрелов, болтанка
    Я как мышь в консервной банке
    По которой молотком!!!

    Не попасть бы нынче в сводку,
    Чтоб по нам не пили водку.
    Я как уж на сковородке,
    Израсходован БК
    Имитирую атаки,
    Выходить пора из драки-
    Ведь почти сухие баки
    И потрепаны бока.

    Мне по коже как морозом
    "Грач" устало клюнул носом
    Значит весь я под вопросом
    Самолет мой просто в хлам,
    Но жива машина - дышит
    Словно держит кто-то свыше
    И в наушниках я слышу:
    "Летуны, Спасибо вам!"

    На обратном, довернули
    Позади снаряды, пули
    Уравнение Бернулли
    Держит в воздухе "грача"
    Борт летит на честном слове
    А из носа капли крови
    Знать в санчасти "на здоровье"
    Получу я от врача

    Дальний, ближний, вот бетонка
    Парашют мой хлопнет звонко
    Зарулю, уйду в сторонку
    И... меня не тормошить.
    Где то бой, но это где-то
    А вокруг такое лето...
    Техник даст мне сигарету
    Эх, ребята... Будем жить!
    The “rooks” arrived (Nikolay Anisimov)

    Urgent mission now, as always.
    Looks like our guys got caught.
    We are flying days and nights
    At own peril and own risk.
    Marking place in my map-holder
    In that square like in a birdcage
    Our recon gasps for air
    Trapped in damned mountains

    Got objectives on the briefing -
    Need some luck to start completing
    We’re pushed for time or else
    Whole platoon is gonna die.
    Engine start - no time for runup
    The technician in old suit
    Slaps my aircraft’s wing edge1
    And two “rooks” are taking off!

    We can not admire the landscape -
    We should be on guard while flying
    Making turns between the mountains
    Come on, bro, don’t be so slow.
    We're flying round the hill and
    Taking look while in a pullup.
    Whoa! What a gangbang’s there!
    Care, wingman and stay tight!

    Hey, down there, hold on dogfaces
    Time for us to take an action!
    - ”Gatlings, 30 to your left!” -
    Shouts the “ground” in headphones
    Making turn and laying HE-s
    And while breaking over target
    Craft is suffering heavy bumpings
    Like I’m driving country road

    Traces round me like the web strings
    I’m maneuvering on toes
    What a story do we have here -
    Like the Rooks by Savrasov
    We arrived for the rescue
    Getting very warm reception
    But the “ground” is keeping silence,
    Come on, recon, speak to me!

    Somersaulting and rolling
    Upteenth time I'm telling:
    I’ll retire after this one,
    Don’t want coffin in my home2.
    Why on hell to military?3?
    When in civil - different story
    I would have a car, a mansion
    And be piloting a "bus"4.

    My poor “rook” got heavy damage
    I will bite them back for this one
    And i see in my direction
    Flying purple-colored balls
    Though the miracles still happen -
    I’m alive, but being hit hard
    Smart in eyes from perspiration
    And no refuge from the heat.

    Getting hot - it’s not just warming
    Sending “presents” to the ground
    Very hard to fly the flag
    Under such a hail of lead
    Air gun is like a tank’s one -
    Bark and bumpings from it firing
    Like I'm mouse in a tin can
    Being pummeled by rock drill!!!

    Let’s not get into the reports
    For them not to drink for our souls’
    Squirming like snake on the panful
    All my ammo have been used.
    Simulating air attacks
    Time to get out of this battle
    Fuel tanks are close to empty
    And plane’s cracked all it’s ribs.

    Shivers ran down my spine:
    "Rook" is nodding like he’s tired
    So, my life is open question -
    Craft is absolutely wrecked.
    But it's still alive and breathing
    Like there's someone up there helping
    And i hear in the headphones:
    “Hey, flyers… Thank you, guys!”

    On back bearing, decrabbed
    Left behind all shells and bullets
    Law invented by Bernoulli
    Keeps my “rook” in the air
    Craft holds on on wing and prayer
    And the blood from nose is running
    Looks like i’ll get in med.unit
    A good healing grue from doc.

    Outer, inner5 and the landing
    Drag chute smacked behind, deploying
    After taxiing i’ll step backwards
    And don’t touch me for some time.
    Somewhere’s fight, but far from here
    And around is such a summer…
    Tech will give me cig and fire
    Cheer up, guys, life's going on!

    1 there's a tradition among technicians to slap wing edge before take off for good luck.
    2 originally there's term «груз "200"» (cargo "200") meaning zink coffin with body of falled soldier. It's called so because it's being documented by form #200.
    3 originally there're informal names of flight schools "Кача" ("Качинское училище") and "Ульяновск" ("Ульяновское училище"). First for military pilots second - for civil.
    4 Airbus. These planes are being called "арбуз" ("watermelon") among russian pilots, because these words sound alike
    5 outer and inner marker beacons

    And a video, of course

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