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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Iran's New Jet Fighter, Part 2
The forum on Military Photos dot net on this subject has turned into a troll fest - there is a fierce competition being waged to see who can make the snarkiest and/or most sarcastic comments, interspersed with the credulous/true believers who think it's the greatest thing in the world. The source of all this happiness is some photos released by the Iran Ministry of Defense. To me the aircraft in the photos looks like a less-than-full-size mock-up. It might only be half the size of the proposed full-size aircraft. One of the problems is that they tried to cram a full size cockpit into this half-size airplane, and it just doesn't fit. Once you get past all the blather (from both sides) and realize what it is, it's kind of a cool looking airplane. Would such a shape actually work? We'll have to wait for the real deal to find out, and given Iran's recent iffy record on actually producing stuff, we may have a long wait.