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One of the most notable elements of the current corporate world is the rivalry between the second and third largest corporations in the world: the precision manufacture, semiconductor industry and aerospace behemoth comprised of hundreds of brands and subsidiaries that is simply known as Neuropa AG and the heavy industry and industrial manufacture giant named the ARC LTD., the American Resource Consolidation. The two corporations have their main industrial bases in the central European and Great Lakes/Tri-State Area respectively, but their territorial holdings are spread out across the entire globe in a series of thousands of enclaves, exclaves, shared or disputed territories and the belongings of affiliate corporations. These areas are normally no bigger than states like Luxembourg, and are where the corporations excercise unbridled influence and determine what can or cannot be bought and sold, making it in fact a form of corporate protectionism. The many arcologies of the corporate world are a way of maximizing the demographic, industrial and financial power of these small and relatively few enclaves, for the vast majority of the globe remains a relatively free borderless land.

One of the problems caused by having such a huge total area spread over the entire planet is logistics, as even with the help of the AUC's network of commercially neutral highways and cargo fleets, the corporations find it hard to move large ammounts of materiel from one territory to the other, especially military forces which are not allowed transit on most private superhighways. Thus, military cargo aviation is employed on a large scale. The downside of this is that aircraft often have to fly over the airspace controlled by rival corporations, which charge money for transit or intercept the flights. As an answer to that, both companies employ small fleets of "blockade runners".

While ARC has gone with the solution of using stealth aircraft, Neuropa uses hypersonic cargo aircraft based on the A2 design capable of flying over the service ceilings of regular military aircraft and surface-to-air missiles by a vast margin. In response to the new capabilities, the ARC's defense forces brought back an ancient bird of war.


(Yes, this is adapted from Ace Combat 3. That game rules.)
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never thought that it would be a fighter since the SR-71 was a high altitude recon aircraft but yet they were suppose to design it as a supersonic fighter which the idea was still great :D
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the YF-12 was pretty much that
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TairaNoritsune Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then those bombers they try to intercept should be Myasischev M-50 . They look very similar, and are from the same era as well.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, they aren't bombers but rather blockade-running transport aircraft, so the much higher cargo carrying capacity of the A2 would be much more useful than trying to stuff cargo inside the M50's relatively small bomb bay. The M50 is lovely, though.
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Kitlian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Sorry for the split comment, but i just noticed. Why the trainer version of the SR-71?
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just my favorite variant as far as looks go, don't have any real reason =P Maybe the second cockpit is WSO or something
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Kitlian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
The Recon officer did occupy that position. They toyed with an armed variant, and that would have then been the WSO. The raised cockpit in the back allowed an instructor to have the same view as the trainee, in the event that they had to take over.
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Kitlian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Be nice if they brought back the blackbird in real life. It's capabilities are still valid.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, I guess the threat it was supposed to take on simply doesn't exist anymore
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Kitlian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
The threat still exists, and the Blackbird would be quite useful. even if not in the miltary, It could be a component of the space program. It could take off under its own power, and bring a small orbital craft to an altitude that it could then enter space from. That was the beauty of the SR-71. It was a jack of all trades.
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