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. watcher

    I'm thinking along the lines of the one guy who said this is a 2/3 mockup, maybe shown to the press? Maybe they wouldn't show them the real one. The video on you tube definitely shows a plane like this flying, but scale is hard to tell.

    February 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. skeyelab

    Why would Iranian's put the warnings and such in English?

    February 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. different chris

    Maybe they'll get Jar Jar Binks to fly it.

    February 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AmmoPapa

    The warnings on the plane are in English so when the pilor defects into our friendly territory...the U.S. ground crews will know how to get the pilot out

    February 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. USMARINE65

    Looks fake

    February 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. C Zenko

    Maybe it is a prop for making a movie about a monkey that want's to be an Iranian fighter pilot, but qualifies for the space program. Us westerners have taken everything out of context. The movie will be called "The Fightin Monkey Goes To Space". That is the only thing that makes sense.

    February 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mork

    What next, war kayaks? This thing looks flimsier than the egg I came to earth in!

    February 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Fan

    Why would you dis G.I. Joe like that? Lol.

    February 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hellatight

    It's not for making war with other coutries. It's for bombing their own defenseless citizens who disagree with authoritarian Islamic government. So no worries, unless you're an Iranian with a brain larger than a pea.

    February 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stephan

    This just prove IRAN is 100 years from developing a nuclear bomb!

    February 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Beware

    Looks more like FIRE FOX with Clint Eastwood, the Russian Jet he stole.

    February 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BB

    only one way to find out

    February 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike From Uptown

    It probably is the F-22 or F-35, the U.S. has long sold its aircraft overseas. The only difference is this plane likely doesn't have an guts, as in hightech gadgetry.

    February 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fantom65

    They forgot weapons. HA HA HA and these guys run a country???!!!! It's amazing what you can do with plywood these days!! Hay......That's parts of our drone!!

    February 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike From Uptown

    It probably is the F-22 or F-35, the U.S. has long sold its aircraft overseas. The only difference is this plane likely doesn't have any guts, as in hightech gadgetry. We just sell the plane, but the bombs, radar, sonar, etc., that's top secret.

    February 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
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