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. Mits

    Not gonna move more than inch, I guess they forgot to fit in engine 😉

    February 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Achmed

    I can only imagine what an Iranian "atomic bomb" looks like.

    February 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jackgusto

    If Richard Simmons was a fighter pilot, this is what he would fly!

    February 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AL

    I was cracking up at the blogs...

    February 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cottage Industy

    Well it is stealth alright. You will NEVER see it fly.

    February 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AL

    I was reading the article and it said they sent a monkey into space? Sure it wasn't someones wife?

    February 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdhj

      Is there much of a difference over there really?

      February 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Ayatollahyouso

      It wasn't a monkey. It was Ahmadinejead. He just looks like a monkey.

      The monkey smells better.

      February 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpartySam

      Maybe our jet looks like a toy but at least we don't owe everyone and their uncle money. Doesn't China basically own the US?

      February 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynthia

      Overt racism and prejudices don't give you anymore credibility than if you left out the personal attacks. The majority in Iran, yes Muslims, do not support the regime and to, again, use childish comments that insult everyone in a country is just stupid. Their leader is a buffoon, a kind of Irani Gotti, with with his expensive suits, need to be the center of media attention, delusional life and comments, but he isn't "Iran" or Islam. As for their military program, I wonder if they ever worried about the safety or 'container' for their air weapons, just get some of the brainwashed pilots and you have Iran kamakazee pilots.

      February 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocky Mountains

      Actually, Iranian women are quite beautiful and very stylish.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alpha Mary Yankee

    That "bird" won't fly.
    Love the "wiring" harnesses on the control (?) panel.
    heh heh heh

    February 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    I find it very odd that the air intake warning are written in English. That doesn't seem right. I guess they just used the decals that came out of the GI Joe model airplane kit?

    February 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NoJoker

    I hope they will build 10,000 of these aircraft. They would be very good practice targets.

    February 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NoJoker

    Bring it on!

    February 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lawless4U

    Yo Joe!

    I mean, Yo Muhammed!

    February 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Ayatollahyouso

    May the fleas of a thousand camels inhabit your beard.

    February 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. noog

    I got an idea. Let's see if it can fly. Put Ahmadinejead in it and push it off of a cliff.

    February 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobbbbb

      he's busy, they sent him into space disguised as a monkey a week or so ago.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zippy the monkey

    If that thing can fly, Obama can balance the federal budget.

    February 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PrinceExile

    This is NOT the stealth fighter you're looking for.

    February 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
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