Iran Photoshopped Fake Stealth Plane's Flight
A photo showing Iran's purported new stealth plane soaring high above a snowcapped peak is a crude fake, just like the plane itself, according to media reports.
The picture is a not-so-skillful blend of two images — a stock photo of Iran's imposing Mount Damavand and a shot of a model of the "radar-evading" Qaher-313 plane sitting on display in a carpeted hall, The Atlantic Wire reported, with some help from an Iranian blogger.
The Atlantic Wire found the Mount Damavand picture on the site PickyWallpapers.com after a Google Image search. And the Iranian blogger's detective workclearly shows that the "flying" Qaher-313 is actually the display model, as light is glinting off both of them in identical ways.
The Islamic Republic unveiled the stealth plane on Feb. 2, describing it as "super advanced" and "capable of evading radars."
But Western analysts immediately began disputing that characterization, noting that the Qaher-313 is likely too small to carry out all the functions ascribed to it. Further, it has no engine nozzle and appears to be made of plastic, leading most experts to believe the vehicle cannot even get off the ground.
Iran also has a history of Photoshopchicanery, The Atlantic Wire notes, citing the nation's insertion of an extra missile into an image supposedly depicting a 2008 missile test.
So skepticism will likely greet most claims the Islamic Republic makes of bold aerospace advances, such as last month's purported launching of a monkey to suborbital space (and its retrieval unharmed).