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. Target Drone for US Aircraft

    I'd call it a flying turd but I don't think they can get it into the air.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    He'll fight for Allah whenever there's trouble GI Jihad is there ....

    February 9, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. iceman

    it will fly like a toolbox

    February 9, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Now being tracked probably

    Hey CNN, thanks for sending me to an Iranian govt web site with your link. I wonder how much spyware I now have running thanks to the Republican Guard and your lack of proper warning. Really?? This was the only place that you could find the slideshow???

    PS this is nothing against the Iranian people and their millennia of rich culture, it is their current ruling class which I don't trust.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

      If you're too darn stupid to protect yourself from online threats, you deserve to suffer them.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Twirtzy

      You should take some personal responsibility for your online actions and leave everybody else out of it.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Well, some Air Force buddies of mine said whatever it is, it's not aerodynamically feasible. If this is their new interceptor, hey, build all of them you want, mullahs, because it's a lemon.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • trek820

      It doesn't need an engine. It's a fighter glider; launched with a big rubber band. The water ballons hang from the bent wing tips.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. rob2tall

    Iran has stooped to a new low by investing so much in a toy airplane too small for anyone but a child to fly.Maybe Iran has a secret air force of vertically challenged pilots-hiding somewhere? Allah's Mighty Midget's Air Wing?
    To the bufoon leader of Iran-get a grip on reality! That piece of crap does not even have an engine!

    February 9, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mc

    Really? Nothing better to do ith your life than pretend to be someone you are not just to get people upset? This loser is a troll for you neophytes. Ignore him. He is lonely, bored and dumb.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. howcoulditbe

    Wow. Such a fierce jet to continue the Muslim "jihad". We red blooded Americans are shaking in our shoes....

    February 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    They used to have these at the mall and in front of grocery stores. You could get in it (watch out for the round red steering wheel) put a quarter in and whew what a ride!!! Whooshhhh... HAHAHAHHA

    February 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. howcoulditbe

    Brand new and already belongs in a museum.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gunner

    Maybe Obama should send them some of our fighter jets......he sents them to other Muslim nations anyway. Nevermind. Iran will end up buying OUR JETS from the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD anyway.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

      Stupid cannot be fixed. I present you as exhibit "A".

      February 9, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • cbc

      Iran already has US fighter jets – F-4's, sold to the Shah's forces in the 1960's and 1970's and an estimated 50 or so still operationsl despite no parts from the US in over 30 years.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. howcoulditbe

    Israel has a Crossman pump BB gun that could bring it down.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. howcoulditbe

    How cool! They even put bullseyes on the bottom of the wings for Israeli target practice.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Periferalist

    It looks like a full scale model of something I could make out of the pieces I can find in the spare parts boxes I have from my old model kits.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

    It's a jet for Mini-Me.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim908

      If they try to close the Strait of Hormuz, they will almost certainly use sharks with "laser beams" attached to their freakin' heads....

      February 9, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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