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. jim

    wow, look at all the post of those experts who can judge the performance of a jet solely based on one photo. i will bet not a single one has an engineering degree in aeronautics or even understand the basic physics of how a airplane flys.

    February 10, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Southerner01

      You don't even seem to know that the plural of fly is flies.

      February 10, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Diggs

    In the 6th picture, there is an old Centronics-style printer cable coming out of the "avionics" suite. Maybe it's so the pilot can print out his Last Will and Testament if the plane's radar picks up an approaching aircraft.

    February 10, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ric

    We should have nuked their cities. Carter was a coward.

    February 10, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Don

    I'm not sure why an Iranian aircraft has English words on the outside of the plane???

    February 10, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Wha ha happend

    Good job Iran making it easier for our Air Force to destroy you.

    February 10, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ric

    Actually, even a High School student can create something like this. Some cheap plexiglass, wood, nails, some cables, voila!

    February 10, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • comatus

      Please reveal your source of "cheap plexiglass." I do not believe this element exists in Nature.

      February 10, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People (party)


    February 10, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Cream Puff

    What a piece of junk. Whenever I hear news out of Iran, it seems like the place is many decades behind everyone else.

    February 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  10. Military Vet

    My Air Force fighter pilots would call these targets! I would agree!

    February 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Guest

    I hope that they get this to fly, as I'm sure that Israel would love something real to shoot at (instead of just using flight simulators). I did notice that the canopy seems to have no latching mechanism that I can see from the photos, but then again I don't imagine that mach anything is in this planes future....

    February 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • #41

      The canopy would blow off in the wind....

      February 11, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    It's a movie prop of some sort, but I'm not sure of the movie. Couldn't be Firefox, again because the labels are English. I saw about 5 minutes of a really bad movie called "Stealth" but never saw any plane shots.

    February 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Twist

    It is a pedal car for kids......

    February 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ali -iran

      you right as you dont know the iranian yong

      February 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ali -iran

    we stay until he end.please wait and watch thia jet in real war with big evil us

    February 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JM

      Yeah...and I guess it will be flown by that ahmadined....oh wait...the space monkey into space and beyond, right? Your country's military is a long running joke everwhere in the world. What a sorry military

      February 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
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      February 11, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • #41

      They can catch kids, trespassing on their own side of the unmarked boarder....All of the Iranians in the US hate majinojog..

      February 11, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dynamic

    The world should just surrender right now.

    February 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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