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. Bill

    I think the 8 track tape player is the give away

    February 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kyle

    But can it blend?!

    February 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tedD

    The Nazi Germans were the first to develop the atomic bomb, the jet fighter, and long range missiles.
    Dr. Van Braun a Nazi engineer was responsible for launching John Glenn into orbit. America has been
    stealing inventions from other countries since 1776.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • billmelater

      Iran can steal the Bill of Rights from us if it wants; it just has to make use of it, like we did with the rocket.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ur dumb

      Why be the first when you can be the Best?

      February 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • T3dr1c

      and tedD has been stealing his mother's breast milk since day one...

      February 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • PattyBoy

      Um...okay? Where are you going with this, tedD? Are you trying to make that jet feel better about itself because it looks dumb as all getout?

      February 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • fatkevinsmith

      Oh yes, the Nazi's invented everything, yet they for some reason held it all back because they wanted to be defeated. Take off your tin foil hat and shove it where the sun don't shine.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MericaFyea

      Maybe we liberally borrow ideas from others, but we make them bigger, better and we USE them.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. m. hieronymus

    .....as my uncle used to say: If they (Iranian Airforce) said it is a jet fighter, then it must be, but can it fly? How about that monkey? Is it still alive?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jdog

    There's no propeller, so it must be a jet. But then, there's no air intake either..?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • thatguydownsouth

      Good call....where the hell's the intake!?!?!

      February 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Emilio Dumphque

    I don't see any latch to keep the canopy from flying off at speed. With the intakes placed where they are, pitching up will be a sloooow process, making take-offs difficult, and combat maneuvering impossible.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      No worries! It's already flying at maximum design speed in the pictures, so the canopy won't fly off.

      February 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JamesDean

    The pilot must be one of Iran's new super giant pilots they have developed...hence the reason why "he no fit in the tiny plane."

    February 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. W. Barnes

    The crew consists of 3 guys and a goat. Or is it 3 goats and a guy?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chris

    Man I hope this is a mock up. Small cheap looking. I seriously question the decision of the inverted winglets or whatever they are. Dihedral wing tips? Short span not much wing area. I suppose it is to be fly by wire? More I look at it the more it is totally wrong. I guess we can expect photo shopped pictures of 150000 of them flying in formation soon.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A-Rod

    Next season on Mythbusters – Grant and Tori will build an exact replica of the Qaher-313 and Kari will fly it while Jamie and Adam try to shoot it down with a Project Babylon supergun.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Or a slingshot.

      February 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joe

    It's definitely stealth too. I can't see it flying

    February 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kurt

    OK, there has to be a prize to the first person that guesses which aircraft the landing gear came from.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      The fred flinstone yabba dabba 32s.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Georgie the smart one

      The landing gear game from the Drone they captured. I bet this thing can fly at warp 9 also.
      You guys are just too critical and look for all the flaws. i RAN after all is the world leader in the A RAB world.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. billmelater

    If they put a "1" in front of the "313", they can call it the "Munster".

    February 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • albert

      Lol, The 1313 Mocking-Bird

      February 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • billmelater

      lol!! Now THAT is funny.

      February 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James Deane

    I find it interesting how many Aerospace Engineers have suddenly appeared in the US. Oh, wait... those aren't engineers; those are just people making comments on various websites on the Internet. It is rather sad when a news website puts put up an article that only repeats gossip and hearsay stated by people that have no training in that field.... and then aforementioned website puts the 'article' in the 'featured' section. I would hardly this 'featured' news.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brendan K.

    This is a prop. The biggest clue that tells me it's fake is the "canopy". Notice how the 'bubble' extends far above the fuselage, and has no structure or framework whatsoever. A mere pigeon could hit this thing in flight and take the canopy right off along with the pilot's head. (Don't bother deabting this – I have worked in the defense undustry AND I live in Hollywood, work in production now). Iran is being lead by an inbred fool, and he's determined to get himself bombed. The people of Iran need to run him out for their own survival, as well as for the sake of peace and sanity.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan K.

      Oops – "debating" sp

      February 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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