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Ghost Warrior by zulumike Ghost Warrior by zulumike
WW III is over, the year is 2042, life still exists as a lone hiker comes across an old B-52 at an old abandoned air base some where near "Zone 55" in New Mexico. According to flight records, this B-52, #528 was the last to drop its nuclear bombs north of Seoul. It's disovery is the 1st to be found of scores of B-52's lost during this war. It will be recovered and restored and sent to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. We assumed that the crew survived, no evidence suggested otherwise.

The AC model reference used was from a download from SimV for FSX.
The BG is from mayyang.com. The AC and sky painted with Photoshop.

Cheers, Mike
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Waterflame6 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Wow...That Has Feels. LOVE IT! :iconbrightfutureplz:
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DonDeCerveza Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Great choice, if there is any aircraft that will still be around f/wwIII it will be the B-52.
Probably also the C-130.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree also Russia's Bear will be their also.
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DonDeCerveza Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I didn't know the bear was still that active.
At one point in the concept stage, the b-52 had a scratch up as a turboprop.
At least the bear serves more purposes than just as a bomber.
I guess the P-3 will also be in that bucket.
no greater test of an airframe than sub hunter.
Lots and lots of hours at low altitude.

Saw that you were at EB, we sent some equipment out there.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I worked at EB from 1985 to 1990. I actually quit Caterpillar to build submarines then hired back with Cat. I missed the Midwest but it was good expierence.

Those subs are engineering marvel. I am wanting to do a submarine artwork piece. Lots of good stories of "cat and mouse" stories with the Russian subs and ours under the vast oceans.
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DonDeCerveza Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I think there was a US boat that followed a soviet for a couple of weeks.
It's one thing to do that for a while, but to maintain it watch after watch is impressive.

next month will be a the mine show. The Cat display there is better than I"ve seen of any company at any trade show.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My Dad was a WW II pilot and I met and knew several of his friends who piloted B-17, B-24, B-25, B-24 navigator (POW) and the P-47. I have also met Major Chandis Stewart, a veteran of WW II, Korea and Vietnam, 1st Helicopter Class after WWII. Also close friends with (2) B-52 pilots and Huey Cobra pilot.

These men all have common factors in their personality, they are very confident but with no bravado. I could write a book about their stories but to them they were "just doing their job". There is almost a calmness about these guys. The bomber pilots all said they wanted to be fighter pilots, just an interesting note.

I agree, all our serviceman past and present are the best.

Cheers, Mike
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Pb1kenobi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
A truly epic "what-if" drawing. A most powerful requiem for the realities of war, real and otherwise.

Thank you for sharing this.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the kind words.

I was in high school during the cuban crisis and it was scary. It was like a high stake poker game between Kennedy and Kruschehev. I also worked on the Trident submarines and learned that this world is very fragile.

Cheers, Mike
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thefailmaster Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I do like the tree without leaves and the dilapidated look of this, thoroughly enjoyed the little narrative that went with it too
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