Commentary to “TWO SONGS ABOUT THE AIR COMBAT”.
“The Song of the Fighter Pilot” calls to mind what is written in the eleventh chapter of the Book of Revelation.
This song was performed by an anonymous artist in the play “Stars for the Lieutenant” in the Yermolova Theater and in the Memorial Lenin Komsomol Theater.
Another good song about two pilots — it is Robert Rozhdestvensky’s “The Very Large Heaven” (this text is partly inspired by Ludmila Purgina’s translation):
This story, dear comrades, cannot be forgotten:
Their friendship was lasting in gladness and grief,
They could save their souls if they’d use parachutes,
One after the other dart quarters below,
The strong bird of iron rushed down to the earth,
’Midst silence they’ve lain in the grave since that time,
And there is a good novel about two friends, it is Jack London’s “Smoke Bellew”.
The text of “The Song of the Fighter Plane” is partly adapted from George Tokarev’s translation.