Having been burned when it used Photoshop to make its military seem more mighty, North Korea has apparently gone the analogue 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 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-weaponised. 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]