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| image = [[File:Dominic Zubov Profile.png]]
|name=Dominic Zubov
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| rank = Major {{Ref|ACESWEB-Zubov|[http://acecombat.jp/ace-zero/ ACE COMBAT ZERO] -> World News -> World News 18 -> Page 01.}}
|image=[[File:Dominic's MiG-31.jpg]]
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| aka = Escapee Killer<br>Vulture<br>The Bringer of Death
|homeland=[[Yuktobania]]
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| birth = 1957 {{Ref|ACZ-AR069|[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War/Aces#069|''Ace Combat Zero'' Assault Records]], #069 - Dominic Zubov.}}{{Ref|ACZ-PerfectGuide-181|''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book]]'', page 181.}}
|callsign=Vulture 1
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| nationality = [[Yuktobania]]n {{Refcall|ACZ-AR069}}
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| equipment = [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]
|gender=Male
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| affiliations = <s>[[Yuktobanian Air Force]]<br>[[Romny]] (air force)<br>[[Valka]] (air force)</s><br>[[Belkan Air Force]]<br>[[Schwarze Team]]
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| gender = Male
|vehicles= [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]
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| hair = Blonde
|hair=Black
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| skin = Caucasian
|eyes=Black
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| appearances = ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''
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| voiceactor-jp = [[Ryuzaburo Otomo]]
|notable= Yuktobanian Mercenary fighting for Belka raises questions in the nature of this unit
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|affiliation= Belka
 
 
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{{Quote|The real heroes always manage to die first.|Dominic Zubov{{Ref|AAW-2019|''[[Aces At War: A History 2019]]'', page 020.}}}}
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Major '''Dominic Zubov''' (ドミニク・ズボフ){{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}} was a [[Belkan Air Force]] pilot who had formerly served as a [[mercenary]] in various [[Verusa (continent)|Verusan]] countries. As the flight leader of the [[Schwarze Team]], he was feared among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", gaining a reputation with his wingmen for killing their allies without hesitation.
   
'''''"The Bringer Of Death"'''''
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==Biography==
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===Mercenary career===
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Zubov was born in Yuktobania in 1957.{{Refcall|ACZ-AR069}}{{Refcall|ACZ-PerfectGuide-181}} He became a [[mercenary]] pilot by the 1980s, and the [[Yuktobanian Air Force]] hired him in 1985.{{Ref|AAW-134|''[[Aces At War: A History]]'', page 134.}}
   
This special surveillance unit is made up of eight black [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]s with red stripes. Feared among even Allied Forces as an 'Escapee Killer', Zubov & his squadron were infamous for being the only squad in the [[Belkan Air Force]] to shoot down fleeing allies with unconditional clearance & without hesitation. Despite being in the Belkan Air Force, Dominic Zubov is actually a [[Yuktobanian]], one of the countries opposing Belka.
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In 1986, Zubov joined the Yuktobanian Air Force's 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron in the [[Tyumen Dispute]] with the [[Kaluga|Republic of Kaluga]] on Yuktobania's southern border. The most notable battle in this dispute was the [[Battle of Zhytomyr]], in which Zubov's unit lost over 80% of its forces. However, the Republic of Kaluga Air Force also suffered heavy losses in the battle. Many surviving members of the 112th Squadron were discharged from the Yuktobanian Air Force due to symptoms of {{Wp|posttraumatic stress disorder}}; Zubov was among those discharged, despite maintaining his mental health.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
When Huckebein refused to drop a nuclear bomb on a Belkan city, he fled from the Belkan Air Force after being accused of 'betraying' them. As a result, Schwarze Team was assigned to take out [[Peter N. Beagle|Huckebein]] who, unlike the other previous pilots they shot down, was a top ace. During the pursuit, they flew into The Round Table, where Schwarze encountered Galm Team. Because of the encounter, Schwarze lost their target and Huckebein escaped. Schwarze attempted to gain revenge on [[Galm Team]] for losing their target, but were shot down. Zubov survived, but fled after the war to avoid charges for prosecution as a war criminal. Though he is currently reported missing, there have been reports of him residing in [[Osea]], but there is no evidence to prove this.
 
   
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In 1987, Zubov joined the [[Romny|Republic of Romny]]'s air force. That same year, the Huem administration within Romny launched a [[coup d'etat]]. Zubov, who was part of the loyalist government's air force, helped to quell the rebellion. By 1989, Zubov had left Romny and worked for the [[Valka|Kingdom of Valka]]'s Royal Air Force.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
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===Service in Belka===
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{{Quote|Back then, I was a shadow assassin. An "escapee killer." Given the order, I'd even shoot down my own comrades.|Zubov on his Belkan Air Force service{{Ref|ACZ-Cut07M|"The Bringer of Death / 1", ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''.}}}}
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By 1989, top officials in the Belkan Air Force had taken notice of Zubov. In 1990, they offered him a large sum of money to join the air force, and Zubov accepted their offer. At the time, the Belkan Air Force was trying to maintain troop morale, and decided to punish deserters by shooting them down. The [[Schwarze Team]], comprised of mercenaries, was created for this task, and Zubov was chosen to lead it.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
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The classified nature of Zubov's missions made his service history a secret, preventing him from being wholly recognized as an ace. Flying a black and crimson [[MiG-31 Foxhound]] to exploit its acceleration, his actions as a "hitman" for the BAF led to other pilots disdainfully nicknaming him the "Vulture".{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
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In late May 1995, in the midst of the [[Belkan War]], Schwarze Team was ordered to kill Belkan Air Force veteran [[Wolfgang Buchner]], who refused to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city.{{Ref|AC5-Cut20|Cutscene 20, ''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]''.}} Buchner flew through [[Area B7R, Belka|Area B7R]] on May 28 during a [[Operation Battle-Axe|massive air battle]] between Belka and the [[Allied Forces]]; he flew past [[Cipher]] and [[Larry Foulke]] of [[Galm Team]] and Schwarze Team subsequently lost track of him. Zubov blamed Galm Team for making him lose his target, and ordered his squadron to shoot them down. The ensuing battle ended with Galm shooting down all Schwarze members, of which Zubov was one of the only two confirmed survivors.{{Ref|ACZ-M10M|[[Mayhem]] ([[Ace Style|Mercenary]]), ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''.}}
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===Post-service===
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After the incident at B7R, Zubov fled Belka to avoid prosecution as a war criminal.{{Refcall|ACZ-Cut07M}} He is suspected to be part of an [[Osea]]n smuggling ring.{{Refcall|ACZ-PerfectGuide-181}}
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In 2005, [[Brett Thompson]] tracked down and interviewed Zubov for his [[Osean Broadcasting Corporation]] documentary, ''[[Warriors and the Belkan War]]''. The interview took place somewhere in [[Oured]].{{Refcall|ACZ-Cut07M}}
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==Gallery==
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Oured ACZ.jpg|[[Oured]] as seen from the window of Dominic Zubov hideout during the interview who took place in 2005.
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DominicZubov-SchwarzeLeader.jpg|Dominic Zubov as a fugitive in Oured, Osea during his interview in 2005
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Dominic's MiG-31.jpg|Dominic Zubov [[MiG-31 Foxhound|MiG-31]] special paint.
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Dominic Zubov.png|Intro of Dominic Zubov interview in 2005.
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Schwarze 1's Room Wallpaper.jpg|Dominic Zubov interview location in Oured, Osea in 2005
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==Trivia==
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*The official ''Ace Combat Zero'' website stated that "Dominic Zubov" may not even be his real name.{{Refcall|ACESWEB-Zubov}}
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[[Category:Belkan Air Force]]
 
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[[Category:Mercenaries]]
 
[[Category:Mercenaries]]
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Latest revision as of 14:46, May 24, 2020

"The real heroes always manage to die first."
― Dominic Zubov[4]

Major Dominic Zubov (ドミニク・ズボフ)[1] was a Belkan Air Force pilot who had formerly served as a mercenary in various Verusan countries. As the flight leader of the Schwarze Team, he was feared among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", gaining a reputation with his wingmen for killing their allies without hesitation.

BiographyEdit

Mercenary careerEdit

Zubov was born in Yuktobania in 1957.[2][3] He became a mercenary pilot by the 1980s, and the Yuktobanian Air Force hired him in 1985.[5]

In 1986, Zubov joined the Yuktobanian Air Force's 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron in the Tyumen Dispute with the Republic of Kaluga on Yuktobania's southern border. The most notable battle in this dispute was the Battle of Zhytomyr, in which Zubov's unit lost over 80% of its forces. However, the Republic of Kaluga Air Force also suffered heavy losses in the battle. Many surviving members of the 112th Squadron were discharged from the Yuktobanian Air Force due to symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder; Zubov was among those discharged, despite maintaining his mental health.[1]

In 1987, Zubov joined the Republic of Romny's air force. That same year, the Huem administration within Romny launched a coup d'etat. Zubov, who was part of the loyalist government's air force, helped to quell the rebellion. By 1989, Zubov had left Romny and worked for the Kingdom of Valka's Royal Air Force.[1]

Service in BelkaEdit

"Back then, I was a shadow assassin. An "escapee killer." Given the order, I'd even shoot down my own comrades."
― Zubov on his Belkan Air Force service[6]

By 1989, top officials in the Belkan Air Force had taken notice of Zubov. In 1990, they offered him a large sum of money to join the air force, and Zubov accepted their offer. At the time, the Belkan Air Force was trying to maintain troop morale, and decided to punish deserters by shooting them down. The Schwarze Team, comprised of mercenaries, was created for this task, and Zubov was chosen to lead it.[1]

The classified nature of Zubov's missions made his service history a secret, preventing him from being wholly recognized as an ace. Flying a black and crimson MiG-31 Foxhound to exploit its acceleration, his actions as a "hitman" for the BAF led to other pilots disdainfully nicknaming him the "Vulture".[1]

In late May 1995, in the midst of the Belkan War, Schwarze Team was ordered to kill Belkan Air Force veteran Wolfgang Buchner, who refused to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city.[7] Buchner flew through Area B7R on May 28 during a massive air battle between Belka and the Allied Forces; he flew past Cipher and Larry Foulke of Galm Team and Schwarze Team subsequently lost track of him. Zubov blamed Galm Team for making him lose his target, and ordered his squadron to shoot them down. The ensuing battle ended with Galm shooting down all Schwarze members, of which Zubov was one of the only two confirmed survivors.[8]

Post-serviceEdit

After the incident at B7R, Zubov fled Belka to avoid prosecution as a war criminal.[6] He is suspected to be part of an Osean smuggling ring.[3]

In 2005, Brett Thompson tracked down and interviewed Zubov for his Osean Broadcasting Corporation documentary, Warriors and the Belkan War. The interview took place somewhere in Oured.[6]

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The official Ace Combat Zero website stated that "Dominic Zubov" may not even be his real name.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 ACE COMBAT ZERO -> World News -> World News 18 -> Page 01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ace Combat Zero Assault Records, #069 - Dominic Zubov.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book, page 181.
  4. Aces At War: A History 2019, page 020.
  5. Aces At War: A History, page 134.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "The Bringer of Death / 1", Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  7. Cutscene 20, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  8. Mayhem (Mercenary), Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
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