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[[File:DominicZubov-SchwarzeLeader.jpg|thumb|202px|Dominic Zubov while in hiding as a fugitive.]]
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'''Dominic Zubov''' was a [[Yuktobania]]n mercenary who served in the [[Belkan Air Force]]. The flight leader of the [[Schwarze Squadron]], he was feared among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", gaining a reputation with his wingmen for killing their allies without hesitation.
|image = [[File:Dominic Zubov.png|300px]]
 
|name = Dominic "Vulture" Zubov
 
|homeland = [[Union of Yuktobanian Republics]]
 
|notable = Yuktobanian Mercenary fighting for Belka raises questions in the nature of this unit.
 
Leader of [[6th Tactical Fighter Squadron]]
 
|gender = Male
 
|hair = Black
 
|eyes = Black
 
|vehicles = [[MiG-31 Foxhound]]x1
 
|callsign = Schwarze Leader <br> Schwarze One/1
 
|affiliation = [[Belkan Air Force]] <br>[[13th Night Fighter Air Division]] <br> [[6th Tactical Fighter Squadron]]
 
|era = [[The Belkan War]]|aka = The Escape Killer
 
|birth = 1957
 
|age = 48 (2005)<br> 38 (1995)
 
|rank = Captain|envoiceactor = D.C. Douglas|former_affil = [[Yuktobanian Air Force]]}}
 
 
"'''''The Bringer of Death'''''"
 
 
''Dominic "Vulture" Zubov'' is a [[Yuktobanian]] mercenary war criminal 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''".
 
 
He is portrayed by [[D.C. Douglas]].
 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Early Career===
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===Early life===
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 southern Yuktobania, as well as in the [[Romny]] coup d'état 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 Yuktobanian) was the only survivor whose sanity was left untouched.
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Zubov began his career as a mercenary at conflicts in various areas of Yuktobania, his homeland. During this time, he served with the 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which sustained heavy damage in the suppresion of the Heum administration's coup d'etat in [[Romny]] and the [[Tyumen Dispute]] in 1986.<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
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 he 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]].
 
 
===Belkan War Experience===
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
   
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 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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He saw combat in the [[Battle of Dimitr]] (Tyumen's most brutal battle), where his unit destroyed the entire air force of the [[Republic of Kaluga]] at the cost of 80% of their aircraft. The disaster at Dimitr drove all survivors insane except for Dominic, who later left the [[Yuktobanian Air Force]] to work as a soldier for hire with Romny and the Kingdom of Valga. In 1990, he became a lone wolf once more and crossed the Ceres Ocean to Osea, where the [[Belkan Federation]] hired him for a great salary.<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
===Post-War and Later Life===
 
   
After being shot down in [[Operation: Battle-Axe]], Dominic fled his country to avoid prosecution as a war criminal.
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===Service in Osea===
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Dominic joined the Belkan air force during its restructutration, and proved to be a major asset in its remodeling. He joined the Schwarze Squadron, which was their resident "foreign legion", later finding himself and his teammates carrying out "surveillance" operations behind the frontlines, killing any defecting personnel with authorization from Belkan High Command.<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
   
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The classified nature of these missions made Zubov's curriculum 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".<ref name="World News">Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)</ref>
   
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 [[Oured]], [[Osea]] . His whereabouts after his encounter with Brett Thompson are unknown.
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===The Belkan War and later life===
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{{Template:Quote|It was a typical assignment. But... Something unexpected happened. My target was no new recruit, but a top ace of the Belkan Air Force. And he just had to go and run straight into the chaos at the Round Table. The man was sharp just like the rumours.|Zubov, on the incident at the Round Table.|Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War}}
   
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When the [[Belkan War]] broke out in 1995, Dominic saw action in the opening stages of the war, the details of which remain unknown.
   
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In May 28, the Schwarze team was ordered to kill BAF veteran [[Wolfgang Buchner]], who refused to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city. Chased by the "Escapee Killer", he escaped to southern Belka and flew to the border at [[Area B7R]], just as a [[Operation Battle-Axe|massive air battle]] between Allied and Belkan aircraft was taking place. Buchner dove into the chaos in an attempt to lose his pursuers, flying past [[Cipher]] and [[Larry Foulke]] of the [[66th Air Force Unit]] in the process.<ref name="Games">''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''</ref>
   
==Quotes==
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Dominic angrily blamed the Galm Team for making him lose Wolfgang, and ordered Schwarze to kill them. The ensuing battle ended with the destruction of the entire Schwarze Squadron, of which Dominic was one of the only known survivors. After the incident at B7R, he fled Belka to avoid prosecution as a war criminal, his whereabouts a mystery. Ten years later, he was found by [[Brett Thompson]] of the [[Osean Broadcasting Corporation]] for his documentary, "[[Warriors and the Belkan War]]", where he was interviewed somewhere in [[Oured]], [[Osean Federation|Osea]].<ref name="Games">''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''</ref>
''Interview''
 
   
''"Sorry about the accommodations. It goes with the business. I'm not active during the day. Back then, I was a shadow assassin. An "escapee killer." Given the order, I'd even shoot down my own comrades. I received an order''' '''to take down deserting craft on that day. It was a typical assignment. But... Something unexpected happened. My target was no new recruit, but a top ace of the Belkan Air Force. And he just had to go and run straight into the chaos at the Round Table. The man was sharp just like the rumours. But that wasn't the problem. The problem was that the mercenary team of Solo Wing and him were there.''' '''Thanks to them, I lost my target. I figured the least I could do was take them down in return. Of course, that was where my luck ran out."''
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==Trivia==
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*Dominic was portrayed by [[D.C. Douglas]].
   
''"Is the man still alive? Though I guess it's hard for bad guys like us to die. The real heroes always manage to die first. But guys like him, Solo Wing, and me, we live the rest of our lives in hell. But then again, being alive is proof that we were good."''
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Dominic Zubov while in hiding as a fugitive.

Dominic Zubov was a Yuktobanian mercenary who served in the Belkan Air Force. The flight leader of the Schwarze Squadron, he was feared among the Belkan ranks as an "escapee killer", gaining a reputation with his wingmen for killing their allies without hesitation.

Biography

Early life

Zubov began his career as a mercenary at conflicts in various areas of Yuktobania, his homeland. During this time, he served with the 9th Air Division 112th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which sustained heavy damage in the suppresion of the Heum administration's coup d'etat in Romny and the Tyumen Dispute in 1986.[1]

He saw combat in the Battle of Dimitr (Tyumen's most brutal battle), where his unit destroyed the entire air force of the Republic of Kaluga at the cost of 80% of their aircraft. The disaster at Dimitr drove all survivors insane except for Dominic, who later left the Yuktobanian Air Force to work as a soldier for hire with Romny and the Kingdom of Valga. In 1990, he became a lone wolf once more and crossed the Ceres Ocean to Osea, where the Belkan Federation hired him for a great salary.[1]

Service in Osea

Dominic joined the Belkan air force during its restructutration, and proved to be a major asset in its remodeling. He joined the Schwarze Squadron, which was their resident "foreign legion", later finding himself and his teammates carrying out "surveillance" operations behind the frontlines, killing any defecting personnel with authorization from Belkan High Command.[1]

The classified nature of these missions made Zubov's curriculum 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]

The Belkan War and later life

"It was a typical assignment. But... Something unexpected happened. My target was no new recruit, but a top ace of the Belkan Air Force. And he just had to go and run straight into the chaos at the Round Table. The man was sharp just like the rumours."
― Zubov, on the incident at the Round Table.
"Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War"
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When the Belkan War broke out in 1995, Dominic saw action in the opening stages of the war, the details of which remain unknown.

In May 28, the Schwarze team was ordered to kill BAF veteran Wolfgang Buchner, who refused to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city. Chased by the "Escapee Killer", he escaped to southern Belka and flew to the border at Area B7R, just as a massive air battle between Allied and Belkan aircraft was taking place. Buchner dove into the chaos in an attempt to lose his pursuers, flying past Cipher and Larry Foulke of the 66th Air Force Unit in the process.[2]

Dominic angrily blamed the Galm Team for making him lose Wolfgang, and ordered Schwarze to kill them. The ensuing battle ended with the destruction of the entire Schwarze Squadron, of which Dominic was one of the only known survivors. After the incident at B7R, he fled Belka to avoid prosecution as a war criminal, his whereabouts a mystery. Ten years later, he was found by Brett Thompson of the Osean Broadcasting Corporation for his documentary, "Warriors and the Belkan War", where he was interviewed somewhere in Oured, Osea.[2]

Trivia

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hard Cover: Belkan Air Power (First Edition)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
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