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. Calvin

    Hey Iran. Don't you hate when you build a model airplane and you get glue all over the canopy?

    February 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl

    I tried to look at the official pictures, but their website for this thing isn't working.

    February 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alan Smithee

    Why are the plane's flags and markings in English?

    February 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Anybody check the scale of the picture........probably 1:16 actual size........IF there ever was one to scale from.....

    anyone notice how bad of liars that the Iranians have become?

    February 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    C'mon America, give them credit. Its not easy to get paper mache to come out so smoothly. And that's a good paint job as well.

    February 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    so stealthy that Iran has yet to see one..........

    February 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      hahahaha. That cracked me up.

      February 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oliver Cowdery

    This really isn't for global consumption as one might believe, but really intended to wow the Iranian public. It's all internal politics in favor of Ahmadinejad, nothing more.

    February 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Truth1117

    LOL @ IRAN.

    February 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. matt

    Dude, I had that same cassette deck in my VW rabbit !! awesome tunes man!

    February 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vinh

    Looks like they got it from DJ Hobby.

    February 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tony

    now all they need is a cheap knock off of the movie top gun were president Ahmadinejad plays mavrick...I FEEL THE NEED...THE NEED FOR JIHAD

    February 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      funny.....

      February 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diego

    No control stick...does he steer it using "the force" or what?

    February 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      So FUNNY i'm dying here!!!

      February 9, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Muhammad Riyaz

    Why so much mockering? The truth will come out as these kind of claims if not true will not stand for ever. How ever we should wait till the truth becomes evident. I myself has doubts of Iranian's clapablity because building that kind of machinery requires a Lot of Reseach, Industrial Complex, Solid Economical Standing, A Lot of Scientific Know How and a TEST DRIVE (TEST FLY) to prove the claim; and it looks as if none of the precondition to build such a state of the art system is in place in Iran.

    February 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimicocobop

      Good one!

      February 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jt_flyer

    I think that nose gear is off a Cessna 210.

    February 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. championsleaguer

    There you go, keep provoking them. Idiots. You know Americans may have to pay for your fool-hearted boasting and insults, right?

    February 8, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam I. Am

      Yeah, we'll pay I'm sure. They might just decide to wind that rubber band up ALL THE WAY and fly it halfway across the Persian Gulf... ;/

      February 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
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