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. mohamad

    hey geniuses, look at your own american fighter jets...they look very similar to the one your making fun of. look up F-5E / F Tiger II.......may God enlighten all you bloggers.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. hahahaha

    I bet you 3 camels this cant be their best. hahahahahaha

    February 13, 2013 at 5:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. ashkad

    I am sure it flies, powered by photoshop....

    February 13, 2013 at 5:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. hahahaha

    ok, maybe its just me but why does a Iranian Plane have English words on it?

    February 13, 2013 at 5:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Gary

    Looks like they forgot the smoke part of smoke and mirrors.

    February 13, 2013 at 6:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ooops

      That's when they try to start the 'engines' and the rear end catches fire.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lou M

    That's not from G.I. Joe, it's Firefox, from the 1982 Clint Eastwood movie!

    February 13, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • George R

      Please, don't dishonor the memory of the Firefox by equating it to this... thing. The movie version of Firefox was also a fake, but didn't look nearly this rediculous.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Do the Israeli's get to shoot it down if it goes in the israeli airspace?

    February 13, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • maximumbob62

      It's got to fly first, and that's just not going to happen. hasbro wants their toy back.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. kevin

    I'd love to see that jet try to do a fly over Iseral and see how that goes for them. My 1977 Silverado has more stelth then that plane.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. chris

    They should fill the fuselage with when we blow them up from 5 miles away it goes off like a party.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ramon

    We must accept the fact that Iran is not a joke to make.....we all know that Iran maybe a one of the nemesis in nukes warfare but I honestly feel that these people are good..there must really something like personal that is connected to what is happening today from old times....let us just hope for peace and love around the world

    February 14, 2013 at 3:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • smokenjoe


      February 15, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Eric

    You guys can make all the fun you want...the truth is....It's a FORMIDABLE WEAPON. Downplay of the situation only gives Iran even more time to develop it, among other things, like sending more enriched uranium to N korea, Russia, and China, who have all recently "taken sides"

    February 17, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Marius

    It reminds me of the Langley vs the Right Brothers thing: with USD 2000 the RB were able to accomplish what Langley could not with 60.000USD. Remember that not all that shines is gold. While I'm not against the article or most comments, I would be wary on being too secure on different issues.

    February 17, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. been done before....

    the media ate up the "drone" ...why not try a jet:)

    February 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dmfx

    More like a scaled up model plane to me.

    February 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. nathan

    These are cute, great target practice for Rapters. But seriously folks.

    March 8, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
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