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. alligator face

    that plane is hilarious.......as are the dignitaries swooning over it...........they are truly pathetic and have just committed propaganda suicide........one would assume they were more intelligent than this but apparantly they are not.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smart

    Why must the media mock?

    February 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackson

    The wires sticking out the back of the 1969 dodge dart dash board go to a really loud fart button.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. astortdam

    tell they show it flying its just a paper weight

    February 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. astortdam

    tell they show it flying its a big paper weight

    February 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Does it even have an engine?

    February 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bullwinkle

    well it does look like a model, but dont underestimate such a cheap looking plane at the price of 1 F22 or F35 they can probably build 30-50 of those, and they are probably a hell of a lot easier to fly, seems to me more like a hey lets send 10,000 of these planes in at once well then in that case who would have the upper hand?

    February 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Yeah...they have the budget for that. Regardless, the standoff distance of an f22 or 35 would be far beyond something like this...if it actually did work. Do you really think that nose could house anything that would see beyond 1km? The kill ratio would be pretty much infinity to one against this thing. My stick is longer than yours...I can hit you and you can't hit me.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe369

      It looks like the US X-36 and the Boeing Bird of Prey

      February 10, 2013 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      You're assuming that this thing can actually fly.. or even move under its own power. It doesn't look like more than a heap of poorly molded plastic.

      February 10, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Davis

      Its not a real plane... read the excerpts in the pictures... Iran is starting to act alot like North Korea these days...

      February 10, 2013 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. stevo

    That's the best paper mache airplane I've ever seen.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yup

    never underestimate ur enemy!!!!

    February 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Bro Iran is not yr enemy , believe it . We just want to be independent

      February 10, 2013 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jimh77

    If this is the best they can do, the world can breath a sigh of relief. Just look at the clarity of the canopy alone.
    I wouldn't fly it.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lasermetrologist

    Did anyone else notice that all of the writing on the plane is in English?

    February 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nykspree8

    Was anyone else surprised by this dismal attempt at an aircraft from Iran? Do you all remember the article about their "naval warship" , it was a freaking steam boat.

    February 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bribarian

    Zi0nists still trying to push their war propaganda?

    February 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ahdmednijad Sux

    I'd swear that is my old a circa 1972 eight-track tape player at the top of the controls......

    February 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TR

    There are no canopy locking hooks....at about 150 kts, even with overcenter locks on the actuator, the canopy would most likely blow open and rip off. The Driver is setting so high in the seat he would be blasted by the airstream,,,might be a real jet but I wouldn't fly it....

    February 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cjbigcat

      This particular canopy appears to lock due to suction. The pilot must first lick the rubber strip before closing the canopy.

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