Iranian clown car flies ... with the help of Photoshop
Take that, free world!
For all you naysayers out there who thought Iran’s clown car, er ... stealth fighter ... smelled a bit fishy, the Islamic Republic has the ultimate retort: a badly-Photoshopped image of the Qaher-313 set against stock photo #3.
Oh ye of little faith!
The Iranian website, Khouz News, released the image in question, and I don’t think it’ll take an army of aviation experts to debunk this one — unlike the Qaher-313’s official unveiling. Any idiot who’s turned on a PC in the last decade should sniff out this malarkey.
For those late to this three-ring circus, the Islamic Republic unveiled the Qaher-313 — allegedly, the regime’s first indigenous stealth fighter — on February 2, and the world let out a collective snicker.
With its diminutive size and gangly pilot, the “stealth fighter” looked like a clown car. It appeared to be missing an engine, a proper canopy, and instruments that weren’t plucked from a small commuter plane.
And it looked like a clown car — a small vehicle for transporting jesters that couldn’t possibly house weapons, avionics, or radar. Oh, and it appeared to be made of fiberglass.
Was it a full-scale mockup? Not according to the Iranians, who presented the Qaher-313 as the genuine article and even released a video of its “first flight” (though the “jet” looked conspicuously like an RC plane).
That said, it still looked like Iran put in a modicum of effort to convince a disbelieving world that the Qaher-313 was a real, live airplane (fashioned in the same workshop as Pinocchio).
But this latest Photoshop ... well ... to paraphrase The Simpsons, Iran crossed that line between everyday villainy and cartoonish super-villainy.
And once again, the Internet came to the rescue.
One intrepid Iranian blogger called schenanigans and juxtaposed the original, stock image with the Photoshopped version.
The Atlantic did a Google search and managed to find the stock image from PickyWallpapers.com.
Tsk, tsk, Iran. I expected more from you.
Update (2/14/2013): ECN has received this image of the Qaher-313’s first aerial battle. I'm sold.