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. expensivepeter

    Actually that is the pilots name around the triangle. Dan Ger. I only have Aladeen things to say about this aircraft.

    February 9, 2013 at 3:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. MADDmike

    100 bucks says I can fold a paper airplane that will fly longer than that one.

    February 9, 2013 at 3:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Al Shepard

    Looks like a home built scale model kit.

    February 9, 2013 at 3:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. jim atmad

    Vrrooommm! Vrrooooommm!

    February 9, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • linc67

      Haha, that is the fakest airplane I've ever seen!!!! Looks like it's made of fiberglass, fake landing gear, and why are all the stickers and warnings in English?

      February 9, 2013 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • southtexas

      It's a plastic model jet but with a larger scale. Wow....looks great Iran but only to a model builder and collector.

      February 9, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • phred

      I doubt that the US military is trembling in their boots at the news of this Iranian aircraft. Talk is cheap. We will see if Iran is as confident in its aircraft, and pilots if and when they ever engage.

      February 9, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. HuH

    Why is everything on the plane in English?

    February 9, 2013 at 4:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • nerdimus prime

      Simple, it's plane English

      February 9, 2013 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. lewtwo

    did they check to make sure everyone's shoes were tied ?

    February 9, 2013 at 4:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. paul

    I guess.... Depends want they want to use them for hmmmmm.

    February 9, 2013 at 4:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • paul

      what right?........... right.

      February 9, 2013 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alan

    G.I. Joe is there

    February 9, 2013 at 4:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. David

    US Citizens Mock Rival, NEWS AT 11!!!!!!!
    Seriously, even this only makes Americans look silly and insecure.

    February 9, 2013 at 4:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. David

    Petty US Citizens without aeronautics knowledge Mock their Rival with indiscretion, NEWS AT 11!!!!!!!
    Seriously, even this only makes Americans look silly and insecure.

    February 9, 2013 at 5:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      You're an idiot. Insecure? As an American, I am pretty secure in knowing my airforce has the latest and greatest. Hear about laser technology lately? Maybe Iran can mock some up soon, lol.

      February 9, 2013 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Bwall

      You must be an Iranian. I would be embarrased too if I were you. We have the strongest military in the world. Proven to do alot of damage to infidels. Unlike a toy plane and a monket in a front load washer. Wow space!

      February 9, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Truth

    Might be a protoype or a company trying out to impress the buyers. It's not a real aircraft you american hillybilles.

    February 9, 2013 at 5:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Real_Truth

      First...the word you're looking for is hillbillies. Second...they actually released a video purportedly showing the aircraft in flight. It's been all over the news and internet for the past week, where have you been?

      February 9, 2013 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ahaminijab

      Pull your head out of the sand. This "aircraft" is a blatant lie, but you can't say that since another Muslim man claims it to be true, and that would be wrong of you to point that out in your culture. This is what westerners don't get understand about the middle east. Here, we call such blatantly false claims lying. There, you claim that the liar has a vision that is different from yours.

      February 9, 2013 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jake2055

    What's the big wind-up key on the back ??

    February 9, 2013 at 5:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JWebb

    Looks like a small DVD player was used as the top instrument in picture 6.

    February 9, 2013 at 5:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Bob Balderston

    normally i would post a large retort to just how the iranians, like the north koreans, have become, but in this case, no...this one almost tops all levels of stupidity

    February 9, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Charles Gannon

    Really? They photographed this sitting inside an American made "Bulter building". I think the regime needs some new "AD people"

    February 9, 2013 at 6:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
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