While my colleague Steve Trimble over on The DEW Line gets his knickers in a twist over Iranian fighter developments, I am left wondering why their names seem to come from Harry Potter books. Azarakhsh? Perhaps J K Rowling is a closet plane spotter.
What I can't understand is why pick from Potter when you could use any one of the great fighter names from history: Vildebeest (Vickers, 1928), Gnatsnapper (Gloster, 1928), Hedgehog (Hawker, 1924), Tabloid (Sopwith, 1913), Dormouse (de Havilland, 1923), Armadillo (Armstrong Whitworth, 1918).
I could go on...and on.
Azarakhsh . . .
. . . . . .Tabloid
(Thanks to the British Aircraft Directory for the info and pic)