June 27, 2021

Berkut School Secret Technique - Pugachev’s Cobra

An ancient dogfighting maneuver rediscovered during the days of the Exodus from Luna, and passed down through generations of Qazaq warriors. The pilot pulls their nose up suddenly and sharply, applying enough thrust to keep from stalling, but not so much as to increase altitude. This makes the body of the plane act as a giant airbrake, allowing a pilot to decelerate rapidly and place themselves behind an overeager pursuer. While showy, this maneuver is so risky to perform in front of an enemy that it’s combat effectiveness is somewhat questionable.