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. alloutnole

    You could probably take down the aircraft with a flying shoe.

    February 11, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Mayor of Medinah

    I would like to see it fly

    February 11, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Fly? Three words Cat-A-Pult.... LOL

      February 11, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Mayor of Medinah

    it could be shot down with a potato cannon

    February 11, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How about Pumpkin chuckin'?

      February 11, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. xirume

    That thing won't even fly as a carnival ride. Are these Bedouins really that stupid?

    February 11, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. G.I. Joey

    This is such a horrible design, they need to go back to the drawing bored. Remove all their funding from their rogue nuke program and re invest in engineering and aeronautics. Holy Cow. Unless there is some sort of hidden plan to mass produce millions of these for there suicidal population.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. G.I. Joey

    Meanwhile. We have Hillbilly flea market kingpin with more advanced planes lol

    February 11, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. It's True!

    Zoom in on the 2nd photo and you can clearly see the word "Hasbro" on the fuselage.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Adam

    Check out that cool dot matrix printer cable connected to that stereo component on top of the dash. That's high tech!

    February 11, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Lmao! What a joke! Whats holding that thing together, GE Silicone? No rear shot of the engine either. If youre going to boast about something it would be the engine too.

      February 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    What do the signs say behind the flyin' machine? Can anyone read it?

    February 11, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • It's True!

      Toy Fair 2013

      February 11, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. tonyh110

    Decoys were succesfully used in WW2 to fool the Nazi's into thinking troop strength was stronger – they show a guy standing beside it for scaleTHEN film it take off and manouver well then maybe it'll get our attention

    February 11, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. umm hmmmm

    Does it actually Fly ????

    February 11, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Franchise

    Where is the slot for the quarter?????????

    February 11, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Fireflyman

    Anyone got any plans on this plane? It sure would make a great fun kit plane....

    February 11, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Josh

    It's all sh– and giggles, all the same their intent is to use them on us. It's interesting, photos like this all the sudden make us proud and glad we are American, this is true i agree. Yet when news of us using superior technology surfaces in the news , oh boy , the letters pour in on how we are ruthless animals.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. lobbow

    what are they smoking over ther

    February 11, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Califlander

      Apparently, the letter "e".

      February 11, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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