'Laughable, fake' Iranian fighter jet caught out in another 'Photoshop blunder'

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 05:20 hrs

Iran has been caught out in another Photoshop blunder in a bid to prove its purported stealth fighter jet is the real deal after the state-run media released a new picture of the radar-dodging jet flying above snow-covered mountains.

The picture was immediately suspected to be fake, with the lighting on the plane and its position similar to its appearance in pictures on the ground in Tehran at the unveiling earlier this month.

According to the Age, the new picture has also been laughed off, after it was revealed by The Atlantic Wire that the background image of the mountain was taken from the stock image site PickyWallpapers.com.

Aviation experts have questioned whether the jet shown can even fly as it was too small to accommodate a real pilot and the controls and wiring looked too simple, the report said.

It also lacked the bolts and rivets found on all aircraft and offered wonky aerodynamics, it added.

This is not the first time Iran has made such blunders.

According to the paper, in 2008, its state-run media had to retract an official image of an Iran missile launch following revelations it was doctored to include an extra missile.

In November last year Iran showed off a new drone design, but it was later revealed that the photographs it released were ripped off from a Japanese university and doctored. (ANI)

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