February 08, 2013
Out: Potemkin Villages
In: Potemkin ... Fighter Planes
The first sign that your new "stealth fighter jet" might just be an elaborate hoax meant to scare the Great Satan? You designate it an "F" for fighter, which is the English term for ... um ... fighter. Then, instead of using the Arabic alphabet so people in your country can read it, you put a big letter "F" in the Latin script on the side of "plane" so only outsiders can.
The only problem? The Great Satan isn't buying any of it:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world...Kind of makes you wonder what else the Iranians are faking?
But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.”