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FF144-IW Airborne Carrier by Edarneor FF144-IW Airborne Carrier by Edarneor
Painted for the "Flying Fortress" contest at :iconconceptworld:
- around 15 hrs
- pencil sketch, Photoshop.
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The story:

After the sudden worldwide temperature drop, which scientists now connect to a decline in solar activity, in some twenty years the sea level had drastically decreased, exposing vast new, previously underwater, territories, and sparkling a new wave of massive armed conflicts over the possession of those lands.
It had also made the use of aircraft carriers (indeed, most of the navy) highly impractical, since all the major straits between continents had been eliminated, leaving large fleets scattered around the world or sealed off in vast newly formed inland seas.
The military quickly responded by the development of the ASAC - air-stationed aircraft carriers, which could serve as the base of operation for jet fighters anywhere, regardless of terrain or borders, remaining stationary at high altitude, impervious to enemy forces.

The formidable FF144-IW (144-aircraft capacity, IW-interchangeable weapons and tracking systems module), named after the famous B-17 - "Flying Fortress" is considered the best of its class, and the most versatile as well.
It may seem bulky at first, but the stealth capability is dropped in favor of larger carrying capacity and long range missiles which effectively deny any direct attack on the craft.
The suspensionless magnetic rotor system holds the blades in place with the help of superconductor electromagnets and rotates them with magnetic field fluctuations, thus eliminating any friction and lowering the energy consumption, enabling the ship to stay airborne for months. Several docking bays situated in front and in rear allow simultaneous fighter launch and landing. The latter is fully automated, due to enormous speeds involved, and small tolerances (the hangar is some 5 inches wider than a fighter's wingspan).
The cylindrical top of the carrier is plated with HESC (high efficiency solar cells) which not only account for its energy consumption, but also allow to refuel the fighters with hydrogen fuel synthesized on-board, while the opening bottom doubles as a bomb/cargo compartment, which can dispense airborne infantry, parachuting vehicles, explosives, cargo* or indeed anything you wish to land on your enemies' heads.

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* e.g. a musical instrument, preferably black one with three legs and a lid.
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:iconfollowintheblackbird:
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wondered why someone hasn't tried this for real. :)
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Would be cool, ha. Although it's probably too heavy ...
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, with all the recent scientific breakthroughs one could imagine a metal or mineral light enough to create something like this. Why not carbon filaments. It would be light enough and more than strong enough and could be made to hold lighter than air gas to make the structure even lighter. Suddenly I'm feeling just a bit like I should be watching the skies and hiding in my basement. :D
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, well we're moving there slowly, I think. Carbon fiber is quite expensive yet, bu it's already used full scale in aviation.
They recenlty build that plane that flies on solar power ONLY! I think its a serious step ahead, to what's pictured in my image :)
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw a one man helicopter thing that was made using carbon fiber and a jet they are experimenting with that supposedly can leave atmosphere and go into orbit. I like the helicopter myself. It represents to me being able to fly without having to board a plane. I could actually own something like this.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, that would be totally awesome. I'm into flight myself, dream of having a pilot license some day.
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:iconfollowintheblackbird:
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would have loved to learn when I was younger but now I'm old er and on a fixed income and don't have the means. I still think about it though.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you could try to save up for it anyway.. Or at least find some friends who are willing to give you a ride :)
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:iconmasterofsteam:
masterofsteam Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
I think I've fainted. 
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconscottahemi:
ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really unique machine! nice :D 
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man! ;)
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:iconkingoob:
KINGOOB Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Amazing! Truly 1 ups SHIELD's Heli-Carrier :D
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :) The most fun part is that i never ever seen SHIELD's carrier when I painted this :) And then I watched the movie, and it's like OMG someone's already been thinking of this :)
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:iconkingoob:
KINGOOB Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Nice :)
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TschawoX-aly-zyvuhk Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
interesting concept
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Awesome...love the concept!
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great news! :)
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:iconthe-last-dragon-kni:
The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... Its like a floating City... Its amazing
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
pretty much...
thanks
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:iconthe-last-dragon-kni:
The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome
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:iconjailgurdnegative:
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist
haha.. awesome! it has a sci-fi yet fantasy feel to it.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great :) thanks!
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:iconjailgurdnegative:
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist
you're welcome.
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no problem, and good selection of artists too! :)
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student General Artist
What the???? That's terrifying. It's like a flying centipede.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hehe :) kind of...
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goat89 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
WICKED!!! Hope to see more?
A series? :D
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
may be... stay tuned ;)
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:icongoat89:
goat89 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Will do!!!
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:iconevoluzione:
evoluzione Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool idea! :D
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icondragon-keeper04:
Dragon-Keeper04 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
this is fucking amazing. *dies*
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I hope my next pic can bring u back to life ;)
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:icondragon-keeper04:
Dragon-Keeper04 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
yay!
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:iconmax-cccp:
Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
классно рисуешь
оригенально!
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
пасиб :)
а ты не комментил раньше? а то ник знакомый :)
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Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
непомню может писал может и нет) а ты проверь))) работы свои
все
я в контакте
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:iconmurderen:
murderen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Do you mind me using this for a custom Yu-gi-oh card? I will give you credit for the Art.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
as long as you give credit, and it's non-profit - it's ok :)
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:iconmurderen:
murderen Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Its non-profit of course cuz if i could make money of my cards i'd be rich XD
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:iconabigbat:
abigbat Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
such a sick painting mate.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, nice of you to drop by :)
Thanks!
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:iconabigbat:
abigbat Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No worries, it's a great piece :)
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:iconblindviolinist:
BlindViolinist Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Nice!
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconzaku1986:
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great design and very nice description.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
glad to hear! :)
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