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. jakesteele

    They are either way behind the times, and weak. Or they are strong. They have aces up their sleeve and they are displaying false weakness.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joe

    Notice how far the reporters are from the plane so they don't notice how fake it is.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Antronman

    Looks like McFarlane did a good job of making a toy plane.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RonalRegan

    Seems kinda small, even for a short persian. I think Russia is pulling a joke on these guys.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Brian

    The other problem with this photo that nobody has mentioned is: how does it get off that turntable it's sitting on? Answer: it doesn't.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Brian

    How long until it's posted on eBay as a "Buy it Now"?

    February 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. mike

    It's a total distraction from the Iranians
    They know our experts immediately recognize it as a fake

    February 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Monty

    IMe thinks that the US should worry about the real monster: North Korea. I dare the US to take that on.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Remember what happened to their previous missile launches? I think US has other things to worry about than N. Korea. If N. Korea fires one bullet in America's direction, they better get ready to shield themselves from a thousand missiles landing on their roof's.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ttom

    Heck, my R/C plane could outperform that thing.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Z_2k

      There are better rides at Universal Studios and Disneyland than the F-313 Great Satan Smasher. But given that it's fake and fibreglass, every kid on the block can have one under his Ramadan tree next year.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dannobobanno

    That one pic that shows the back of the pilot's console...I think I see a cat5, a serial cable, and an ac adapter.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al

      No man that's an eight track and a cigarette lighter,lol

      February 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      and I think I also see an acoustic coupler too

      February 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      And where does the canopy get secured at??? There are no latches, even at the top crusing speed of 20mph the canopy would fly open.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tomc

    I love how my elementary school gymnasium looks better than the "hangar" they are presenting it in... I can't wait till the day the Iranian "power" facade falls...

    February 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Unknownian

    Does it come with a remote control?

    February 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Dave K

    Hey Iran... 1940 called, they want their flying boats back.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. noteasilyswayed

    Iranian government reminds me of American celebrities..... they don't care if it's good or bad publicity, they just want the publicity!

    February 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Michael Hobart

    Judging an aircraft by it's appearance can be difficult. Historically aircraft have both been under-rated and over-rated until some real performance data is available. One needs to be particularly careful when one disagrees with the politics/etc. of the country which (may) have produced the aircraft.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tom

      Why are the placards on the plane all in ENGLISH?

      February 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z_2k

      This thing might just a kamikaze aircraft. Just get it into the air, point it towards the enemy, and then turn on the digital camera linked to Tehran to let the "pilot' make his "going away" speech on state TV.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      It's not about politics. It's not even about performance. It's about the fact that this plane is fake.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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