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| image = [[File:Dominic Zubov Profile.png]]
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| rank = Major {{Ref|ACESWEB-Zubov|[http://acecombat.jp/ace-zero/ ACE COMBAT ZERO] -> World News -> World News 18 -> Page 01.}}
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| aka = Escapee Killer<br>Vulture<br>The Bringer of Death
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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.}}
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| nationality = [[Yuktobania]]n {{Refcall|ACZ-AR069}}
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| equipment = [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]
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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
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| hair = Blonde
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| skin = Caucasian
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| appearances = ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''
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| voiceactor-en =
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| voiceactor-jp = [[Ryuzaburo Otomo]]
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| liveactor =
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}}
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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.
   
{{Pilot
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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.}}
   
|image = [[File:Dominic's MiG-31.jpg|300px]]
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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}}
|name = Dominic "Vulture" Zubov
 
|homeland = [[Yuktobania]]
 
|notable = Yuktobanian Mercenary fighting for Belka raises questions in the nature of this unit.
 
|gender = Male
 
|hair = Black
 
|eyes = Black
 
|vehicles = [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]
 
|callsign = Schwarze 1
 
|affiliation = [[Belka]]
 
|era = [[The Belkan War]]|aka = Vulture, The Bringer of Death
 
|birth = 1957
 
|age = 48 (modern era)
 
|rank = Captain}}
 
   
'''Dominic "Vulture" Zubov''', also known as '''The Bringer of Death''', is a [[Yuktobanian]] mercenary fighter pilot sided with the [[Belkan Air Force]], and the leader of the [[Schwarze Squadron]]. Feared even among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", Dominic and his fellow pilots were infamous for being the only squadron in the BAF who actively hunted & assassinated fleeing allies without hesitation, which led to fellow Belkan disdainfully calling the Schwarze crew "The Vultures".
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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}}
   
He is portrayed by [[D.C. Douglas]].
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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}}
   
==Biography==
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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}}
===Early military career===
 
In the 1980s, Dominic Zubov flew as a mercenary at conflicts in various regions of Yuktobania, his home country. During this time he flew as a member of the 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which sustained heavy damage during the 1986 [[Tyumen Dispute]] in southernn Yuktobania, as well as in the [[Romny]] coup d'etat suppression operation. Zubov's team also participated in the [[Battle of Dimitr]], the fiercest battle of the Tyumen dispute, where they managed to eliminate all opposing squadrons from the [[Republic of Kaluga]], at the expense of losing about 80% of their aircraft. All surviving pilots of Dominic's squadron were psychologically devastated by the Dimitr engagement, forcing every last man to abandon the [[Yuktobanian Air Force]]. Of them all, Dominic (and possibly Schwarze 2, Sergei Karkov, another Yucktobanian) was the only survivor whose sanity was left untouched.
 
   
After the south Yuktobania wars, Dominic left the YAF, continuing to fly as a lone mercenary. Afterwards he was hired by Romny (ironically, the same country the fought years before), then by the Kingdom of Valga. In 1990, Dominic went lone wolf once again, crossing the Ceres Ocean, after which he was found and contracted by the [[Principality of Belka]].
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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]]''.}}
   
===Life as a Belkan pilot and Belkan War (199X - 1995)===
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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}}
   
After being enlisted in the BAF, Dominic joined the force's resident foreign legion, the Schwarze Squadron. The squadron was of great importance to Belkan High Command, as Dominic and his crew soon found themselves operating as an Special Forces unit, undertaking "surveillance" operations behind the frontlines-- those "surveillance" operations however, were actually the assassinations of any and all defecting personnel, with authorization from high echelon. Said targeted killings were top secret, and were it not for their nature, Dominic would be a major ace in the Belkan air arm. As a "hitman" of the BAF, Dominic chose the [[MiG-31 Foxhound]] as his personal plane, taking advantage of the plane's superior acceleration to cleanly fulfill his mission objectives. His role as an special forces operative and the nature of his missions led many pilots of the BAF to call Dominic "Vulture", often with a hateful tone. Dominic joined the BAF right as the force was being generally remodeled, and he was an important part in this process.
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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}}
   
When the [[Belkan War]] broke out in 1995, the Schwarze team was one of the major ace squadrons participating in the war. Many details about his actions early in the war remain unknown.
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==Gallery==
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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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Schwarze-1.jpg
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</gallery>
   
In May 28, 1995, Schwarze Team was dispatched on an assassination mission; however, the target this time was not an average pilot but experienced veteran [[Wolfgang Buchner]], also known as "Huckebein the Raven. After disobeying a superior's orders on dropping a nuclear bomb on an unspecified Belkan city, Wolfgang fled through the Belkan skies southward, with Dominic hot on his heels. After evading the Schwarze Team for some time, Wolfgang arrived at the [[Belkan Air Priority One Strategic Airspace B7R]], also known as the Round Table, right as the [[Operation Battle Axe|largest air engagement of the war]] took place. Buchner flew into the furball in an attempt to lose Schwarze amidst the confusion, but ended up accidentally leading Schwarze into the [[Ustian]] [[66th Air Force Unit]], the Allied Forces' most feared squadron, who just had singlehandedly turned the tables at the Round Table. Enraged at Huckebein's escape, Zubov ordered his team to kill Galm Team at all costs. After an intense duel, Galm Squadron overcame Schwarze's superior numbers, defeating Dominic once and for all.
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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}}
   
===Post-Belka and later life===
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After being shot down in Operation Battleaxe, Dominic fled his country to avoid prosecution as a war criminal. His whereabouts afterwards remained unknown for some time, until he was found and interviewed by [[Brett Thompson]] of the [[OBC]] as part of his documentary, Warriors and the Belkan War. The interview is confirmed to have taken place somewhere in [[Osea]]. His whereabouts after his encounter with the OBC reporter are unknown.
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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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