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. Pinpoint

    I agree with richard nixon

    February 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sky High

    That's funny! But the sad thing is Obama is cutting military spending in the US to support all the welfare people who wont work, so even with that POS plane, now is the best chance for Iran to do anything. Sure that plane is weak, does not do the job properly, waste of money, and will fall apart under pressure... But same for Obama.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      Yea, you're right. Now's the time. Iran is going to make a move with those planes and hit 'murica! Lol

      February 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAF Enlisted

      The part about Obama's cut in spending is true but we still have the world's most advanced aircraft and do not sell the latest models for that reason. The cut in spending will slow the production process but the maintenance costs are still covered. No need to worry about this "Jet Fighter" even possibly being a threat..... ever.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snake Eyes

      What was that old Clint Eastwood movie called.....Fire Fox....LOL

      February 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Um, that would be Congress cutting military spending, much of it at the request of the Pentagon. Maybe you should offer your astute political analysis services to Iran.

      February 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    Why are all of the labels written in english?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      To intimidate us.

      February 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • kitkat

      because most Americans have no idea what Farsi even is

      February 12, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Elvis

    My Son's BB Air Rifle will most likely take that toy down....LMAO>>>>HAHAHHAHA

    February 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike S

      It would need to be able to fly first...

      February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      You son had better be careful, or he'll shoot his eye out.

      Know what I mean? Course you do!

      February 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. US Citizen

    Below are the specs for this glorious aircraft:
    Wing span – 6meters
    Length – 6 meters
    Construction – Lightweight fiberglass
    Power plant – v8 Mercruiser direct Injection
    Weight – 500 pounds
    Speed – 100 mph
    Pilots – five. One in front four on back seat.
    Armory – four AK-47, one pistol.

    Weapons

    February 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • notamoron

      hahahahahahahahahahahaha bravo sir!!

      February 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • eagleeye

      for the media To make any mention that any weapon looks like a toy, is an immense disrespect for human life. Assuming that we are evolving to understand that war is quite stupid.... making any lightof this in the media is quite disturbing to say the least

      February 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      hmmm, I could sworn I read that it was peddle powered.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stupid Iranian

      What a joke. This plane will never fly because its a childs toy play house. BRAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ravens Fan

    @Sky High... How do you put that on Obama? Congress is the ones who have to come up with an agreed budget.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joeey

      It's the president that is responsible to submit his budget and then the congress will approve. Unfortunetly his own controled senate has not allowed it to move forward for the last three years, because they the Dem. controlled senante won't approve it.Wonder why!!!!!

      February 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      What country are you thinking of, Joey? Here in the US, the president does not submit any legislation. Any financial legislation originates in the house.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      I can't believe I'm agreeing with a Ravens fan, but the most amazing thing about this story – or any story about anything at all anymore – is how within 2 posts, it devolves into a negative comment about the President or a certain political party. Here's an idea: Why don't you political zealot melon heads who's life revolves around and is absorbed by politics and the belittling of anyone or thing that doesn't agree with your fantasy of what the perfect world is, exercise your "God Given" right to drive off to the middle of no where and put a bullet in your oxygen deprived, Budweiser soaked, know-nothing heads. The world wouldn't stop or miss you one bit and it would be far more comical than this high school, shop class mock up of what a fighter jet should look like.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @ lol,You sound like a Lib spouting all that violence. lol

      February 9, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    In the 3rd picture, isn't that the british airforce symbol from world war 2?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeMarcus

      No, that is the bulls eye for sling-shots or ground-to-air bottle rockets to target in order for the plane to completely disintegrate into atomized bits of fiberglass and plexiglass upon immediate impact.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alfred

    I've seen other pictures of the plane and at the rear where the exhaust exits is missing the propelling nozzle. There is no shielding where the hot exhaust exits plane.
    Looks like a bad MOCK UP.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bribarian

    No more wars for zi0nism.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      If this is the best Israel's enemies can come up with, they won't need to fight any more wars, for sure.

      February 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AndrettiDog

    Iran – stick with the F14's. Oh, right...you no longer have parts for them.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    I used to fly single engine Katanas. A single propeller. low-wing airplane. That canopy of the Katana had more room than their aircraft. And you could see out the glass canopy in the Katana. The canopy in their picture looks like it was made from recycle number 2 plastic.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. K from AZ

    And that's the monkey in the pilots seat!

    February 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Homer

    Where is the catapult that goes with it?

    February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LMAOF

    Even the "fake" plane from a 1982 movie Firefox looks better than this...LMAOF

    February 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ash

    It is naive and just mean to ridicule the people who made this. Remember, the designers made this in Iran, they do not have MITs or Caltech there, and neither do they have engineers of that caliber. At least they are trying to do something.

    I personally, will not travel in a plane that has not been built by Americans or Germans.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      How is it naive?

      February 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
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