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Having been burned when it used Photoshop to make its military seem more mighty, North Korea has apparently gone the analog route. That "military cargo plane" from a few weeks back? Nothing more than a short loan from Air Koryo and a cheap coat of camo.
Photographs originally published at RussianPlanes.net, a site that serves as a true testament to the internet's love of specificity, showed two Ilyushin Il-76 cargo planes—the same types that North Korea paraded in military garb as part of its Victory Day celebrations—landing at landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. Suspicious! Especially since they still had big blotchy traces of camouflage up and down their bodies.
What's particularly baffling is that as far as saber-rattling goes, these planes aren't even particularly intimidating. Designed in the 1960s, non-weaponized. It's like filling your supervillain death pool with manatees instead of laser sharks.
Oh well. The water-based paint has mostly come off, the boring ol' cargo planes are back to their normal hauls. And the world anxiously awaits the next Victory Day, with its green-and-black unicycles of doom. [NK News via Digg]