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Iranian pilots:

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Iraqi pilots:

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The images seem to me too similar to represent the opposing countries. The composition, the plane camouflage, the uniforms, even some people on the photos seem to be too similar to each other.

Can it be that in the first image are actually Iraqi pilots inspecting captured Iranian plane or vise versa?

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Completely different aircraft. Iranian Northrop F-5s (IRIAF == Iranian Republican Islamic Air Force) and Iraqi Mirage F1s (the flag on the tail is a dead giveaway, even the aircraft type is printed there). Pilots comparing notes and doing last minute planning like that is common, not restricted to any one country. Same with flight suits, that colour is a worldwide standard (no doubt unintentional :) ) going back to at least the 1950s. –  jwenting Apr 22 '13 at 5:27
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IRIAF = Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Republic_of_Iran_Air_Force –  Persian Cat Apr 22 '13 at 12:52

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Don't know about the planes themselves but the composition doesn't arouse any suspicions in me - it looks like a typical "flight officers conferring before mission" photo op set piece. Also the guy in the middle in the top picture looks like a very authentic Iranian officer.

To sum up, the pictures seem like the straight dope to me.

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The plane in the first photo is a Northrop F-5 and the ones in the second are Dassault Mirage F1s. –  Yannis Rizos Apr 21 '13 at 15:16
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First photo much better version: ejection-history.org.uk/country-by-country/IRAN/… to be more precise it's F-5E. You can try to track it down by its number (2-7-59 ٢-۷-۵۹). And the second photo: Mirage F1 EQ or some subvariant (EQ-2?). Paintwork seems legit for both photos. –  kubanczyk Apr 21 '13 at 16:50

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