I stumbled upon this picture somewhere on the internet:

enter image description here

I don't believe an aircraft would be able to take off like that; I also don't expect a normal landing be allowed if this were on a runway. I suppose, in case of emergency, it could possibly land into such water. Generally, I think that either this picture is fake or the aircraft was parked at a stand before the area was flooded.

Unfortunately, as the picture was so small, it's virtually impossible to see any details, and thus difficult to analyse for "fakeness". Could this picture possibly be real?

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ You might be able to go through it if the engine is already running... $\endgroup$
    – Dave
    Nov 5, 2018 at 23:07
  • $\begingroup$ One clue that it is a fake is the reflection of the taxiway center-line under the nose of the aircraft. $\endgroup$ Nov 6, 2018 at 2:52
  • 7
    $\begingroup$ How can "is this real" be an unclear question? $\endgroup$
    – Notts90
    Nov 6, 2018 at 12:01

2 Answers 2


Yes, the photo is a "Fake".

The photo was taken by Gary Watt of Aberdeen Scotland and then photo-shopped using the "Flood Filter".

PPRUNE explanation

Hi all
Amazing how this image gets around after posting it to someone some months back.
Yes, it's a fake. It's my photograph taken at ABZ and the 'Flood Filter' done in Photoshop.
Great tool and can produce some fantastic effects.
For all the doubters, the engines ARE running as it was taxiing to 34 for departure.
I can still confirm it\'s fake and if anyone else thinks different, ye need yer heids examined
Gary Watt

enter image description here


I found a larger version of the photo on this web page. I also found some comments about it here. Quoting from what someone said on that site: "There is no standing water anywhere else in the picture, there appear to be pilots in the cockpit, the leading edge flaps are set and there appears to be a lot of heat haze behind the starboard engine."

It's a fake.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .