Iran's Qaher-313 fighter plane
February 8th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

Iran's newest warplane something from 'GI Joe?'

First it was monkeys in space (or not) and now it’s “GI Joe” fighter jets. Not the best of times for Iran’s aviation and aerospace programs, at least if you listen to the skeptics.

First there were doubts about Tehran’s claim it sent a monkey into space in late January.  After photos of two different monkeys that were aboard the alleged one-monkey space shot surfaced, Iran media said there was a photo mix-up and, yes, there was just one Iranian monkey in space.

Then this week Iran unveiled what it said was its new high-tech stealth fighter plane. The jet shown in pictures on the website of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been the butt of jokes all week from aviation bloggers.

“This aircraft looks a lot like an old GI Joe toy,” wrote one blogger.

And from another, “This has to be a joke, right?”

Click through the gallery above to see the bloggers' comments and evidence in the photos.

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  1. Charlie

    Instead of "walk softly and carry a big stick", the Iranians "Walk Loudly and carry a Paper Mache stick"

    March 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drbcarvtoz

    rxyuxofxt, buvbdzohpc

    April 7, 2013 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gerald

    They forgot to save space for a fuel tank in that toy!

    May 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe d.

    what a joke ? covered the intake and never shows the aft end of engines ! do i see north korea or better yet , old soviet union ,we will bury you , you dumb americans

    May 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael screwsyourmom

      Communism dies everytime for a reason, you dirty red commie. USA forever

      May 13, 2014 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Carson Thaler

    So many ignorant anti foreign rhetorical comments here... and none of it is from flight engineers who can actually speculate on the piece unveiled. Typical American mob mentality...

    May 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bar

    Carson Thaler, it doesn't take a flight engineer to see this is a fake. But in case you're wondering there are flight engineers who have written about it. If it could fly, it's a wounded duck.

    May 13, 2014 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rahul

    Did someone say Piñata?

    May 14, 2014 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
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