Harry Potter and the Iranian Fighter

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.

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Azarakhsh . . .

. . . . . .Tabloid

(Thanks to the British Aircraft Directory for the info and pic)

3 Responses to Harry Potter and the Iranian Fighter

  1. Stephen Trimble 8 August, 2007 at 2:48 am #

    Ok, Mr. Fancy-Pants, while I’m untwisting my knickers, answer this question: what is obviously changed (presumably, via photoshop) on the F-5F airframe you are displaying?

  2. The Woracle 8 August, 2007 at 4:23 pm #

    Fighter development by Photoshop, powered by Google – but no less believable than any of the other internet “images” of the Azarakhsh. Looks like F-4 inlets on a scaled-up F-5.

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