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. canuck_in_ca

    Also: I have seen thinner wings on a Cessna.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. PJ

    How on earth is that canopy supposed to stay closed during flight? There is one hinge in the back and a shock-absorber to hold it open but I see no sign of any type of latching/locking mechanism. And yes, the pilots seating position is absolutely hysterical, along with the miniscule amount of controls that supposedly operate the jet and all its alleged capabilities.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shoyaryt

      The height that seat is positioned at... that pilot wouldn't stand a chance from any aircraft gun system or any missile weaponry. I think it's a gimmick... couldn't fly even if it was towed behind another jet.

      February 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Antronman

    See, these guys will only have three shots per plane. They rub their magic lamp and wish for it to shoot at a target.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. The King

    You want proof of the power of the "Jewish lobby" AIPAC, as Chuck Hagel was asked last week? It's right here in this blog. The US citizenry is practically programmed to fear/hate Iran. Hey chickenhawks, they pose no threat to us, get out your army men and play with yourself.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ken in Atlanta

    It reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer designs a car and bankrupts his long lost half brother's company. I think if this thing is real it would have a hard time in a dogfight with a WWII era P-40 fighter!

    February 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Pragmatic740

    If you look at the panel outlines, you seen they only have a few fasteners on them. Real combat aircraft have either one latch, or screws every inch or so. There is no way this is anything other than a very low speed prototype or a mockup. In addition the winglets at wing tips look completely fake.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. PISCES11

    Too funny. I am speechless.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. humor me

    hey i have that hardrive on my desktop!! Looks like the panels are made with paper mache.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Lord Apathy

    Where do you put the quarter in?

    February 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • behonest

      LOL... hahahahaha

      February 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. skeptic

    has anyone seen it fly?

    February 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Joe (Houston, Texas)

    For anyone that says don't underestimate the enemy...please google F-22 and take a look at what a real fighter jet looks like. This looks like a Lamborghini kit slapped onto a Pontiac Fiero.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. mrwhatwhatwhatyo

    Iranian Air Defense Site: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'
    Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'
    Air Defense Site: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'
    Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 Fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'
    Air Defense Site: ( ... total silence)

    February 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. skeptic

    Looks more like a hyrdo-foil or sub than plane!

    February 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Ken

    You guys and your comments are funny.... Just like the Iran Airforce and this toy they have on display. If this what they are bringing out to intercept the Israelian (American)Jets.... Good luck with that... LOL You all remember when Libya intercepted our jets? It was 2 US fighters against 4 and they blew them out of the skies.. They need to stick with riding camels.... They have that mastered

    February 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • behonest

      That was mean! But funny! hahaha...

      February 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Slick

      If they are so good at riding camels why does it always look like they have fallen off the back and look like they are pushing them from behind with their pants around their ankles?

      February 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MISTERFIZZ

    It's a flying bomb for suicide missions, obviously since it can't carry armaments. I am sure it is a real toy!

    February 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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