First it was monkeys in space (or not) and now itâ€™s â€śGI Joeâ€ť fighter jets. Not the best of times for Iranâ€™s aviation and aerospace programs, at least if you listen to the skeptics.
First there were doubts about Tehranâ€™s claim it sent a monkey into space in late January.Â 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.
â€śThis aircraft looks a lot like an old GI Joe toy,â€ť wrote one blogger.
And from another, â€śThis has to be a joke, right?â€ť
Click through the gallery above to see the bloggers' comments and evidence in the photos.