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. Edwin

    My lord even Hollywood makes better planes for their movies

    February 11, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ken

    COOOOOOOOOOOOBRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeb

      Retreat!

      February 11, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Thank you sir, that made my morning. +1 internets for you

      February 11, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Z_2k

    Well, if the wheels are functional they can, at the least, roll it up and down the runway for taxi practice.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    To infinity and beyond!!!

    February 11, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. DontJudgeABook

    Drones look like toys... but do you know what their capable of doing? , lil stupid bloggers.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. DavidC

    You have to admit ,wouldn't you love to have a model airplane like this with the remote control

    February 11, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Roadking

    Would make great target practice for the F-22 or F-35.......

    February 11, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Herby Sagues

      More likely for the F-35 since this thing will likely never fly.

      February 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Z_2k

    I heard that they have a 1.5 meter horizontal bar at the entrance of the Iranian pilot training academy with a sign above it that reads: "If you can't walk upright under this bar, you are not qualified to be a pilot."

    February 11, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Z_2k

    re: Photo 6

    Pilot to A'jad: " What ! No pilot relief tube ? ".

    February 11, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Josh

    Looks like they are gearing up for the filming of Argo after all.....

    February 11, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    Maybe it doesn't cost $500B a copy, and they can get 50 for the price of one over-priced F35???

    February 11, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. George

    I wonder what engine it has-a Brigg and Stratton lawn mower engine?

    February 11, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • gmiller

      Where is the intake for engine air? Where is the engine period?

      February 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    Where's the metal bar that supposed to be attached to the plane so it can really fly at an amusement park, like a Dumbo elephant at Disneyland/Walt Disney World.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • gmiller

      It is such a stealth plane that it will NEVER be seen in real life!

      February 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack 2

    This looks liks a match for a cessna 150.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. semper fi

    Nice model....can't even see the glue lines. My son got one too..... for X-mas........only difference is his is on the deck of an aircraft carrier not far from Iran..... And it can fly.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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