September 28th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Iran unveils squadrons of flying boats

Iran's Defense Ministry released photos of what it says are its new radar-evading flying boats, the Bavar 2.

Iran unveiled three squadrons of new flying boats on Tuesday, Iranian news agencies reported.

The craft, dubbed the Bavar 2, is armed with a machine gun and carries surveillance cameras, according to a report from the Iranian Student News Agency.

Video: Watch boats soar

"Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries which managed to design, build and use flying boats in a short time," said Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, who oversaw the delivering of the aircraft at the Bandar Abbas naval facility on the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz.

The delivery comes as Iran celebrates its Week of Sacred Defense, which commemorates its eight-year-long resistance to the 1980 Iraqi invasion, according to the Fars News Agency.

The flying boats look like one Iran used during Persian Gulf war games in April 2006. Media reports from the time include a video of a flying boat taking off.

After those 2006 reports, bloggers poked fun at Iran’s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.

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  1. charles

    what is the world comin to i think its time to stop worring and take action asap

    September 28, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      What? Your're worried about a prop pontoon boat plane with a machine gun?! The Red Barron would eviscerate them in his biplane.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      What, me worry?

      September 28, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • socalpimp

      That picture alone should put USA at ease when worried about Iran. That nation is a joke and their military is pathetic. Whats next? A jetski with a torpedo tubes?

      September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Supreme flying boat commander #1

      Attack formation. Go on We'll hit them with all we got coming in low and fast.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Yes, the entire world SHOULD take action immediately!
      I'll start with an inquiry in price and availability for civilian use.
      The only way it's radar evading is because it's REAL low on the water and would have to fly low to remain radar unobservable.
      But for a rapid response aircraft for civilian emergencies, it'd be quite a good craft!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      I think these POS planes were built just so the US would waste $ on missiles to shoot them down.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      I imagine that you could only land this thing in the calmest of waters. Watch out pro-democracy demonstrators, there is a camera on you. Is this not against their religion. If people were meant to fly.............. Everything is against their religion. I read that they can no longer own a dog. It is highly frowned upon to keep it in the house because dogs are known to be dirty. They are obsessed with things that are dirty. The unelected mullahs also say that pet ownership is too western and that anyone who owns one is just copying western civilizations. These people are psycho. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to walk their dogs for fear of attracting young men. Poor dog. It has to wait on a gender specific walker. Religion is weird and religious conservatives in America won't be happy until we have become Iran.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      for some reason this reminds me of duck hunt.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Awww. How adorable -Pats Iran on the Head-

      September 28, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JLineker

      The add to order one of these can be found next to the ad for X-Ray glasses on the back of any comic book...

      September 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Plain Bill

      Yeah that engine hanging out in the breeze is a real radar fooler. I'm pretty sure a washing machine sized piece of metal is going to be stealthy as hell. I wouldn't mind having one though. Might be a little tricky to land in anything less than a .5 meter wave.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AP

      does this qualify as a WMD?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles2

      yes they are flying boats with guns that are radar evading. Now imagine them repurposed, packed full of explosives and hurtling at any one USN ship in the region.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obamanomics

      What are you afraid of?
      Speed Boats with a propeller ? That is just sad you and Glenn Beck get your undies on a bunch because of this, so now the US has to police every country and act if they don't like what they see? Grow up!
      If you apply the same rationale to the US, then what should happen to us if we develop Flying Boats?
      We, America have enough power to turn Iran into ashes, that does not means that we have to and I am pretty confident that we will if attacked.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obamanomics

      Austin Powers is raging mad, the Iranians copied his exclusive design of the Shagmobile.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      As a offensive platform, these are a joke, as a maritime patrol craft these are awesome. Radar evading? have the Iranians not heard about lookdown shoot down radar tech that was perfected in the 80's? Interms of protecting territorial waterways, this is a nice craft.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clifton

      If you're worried about these things being packed full of explosives and being flown into our ships, just do a quick youtube search on "phalanx system" and your mind will be quickly put at ease. These things shoot down antiship missiles which are much faster, stealthier, and smaller than these antiquated planes. On the other hand, they do look like a lot of fun to fly.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      I wonder how many flight hours it will take on the engine,before it rips away.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dexter Freeman

      LOL Frekn Cobra Commander (AKA ahmadinejad) at it again. Don't Fret Chuck!! Go Joe!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citizen

      I am sure the good ol USA forked up the money for these.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AwesomeBob

      It's a boat, it's a plane, no it's just Iran again.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Wow! If this is the Bavar 2 model, I can't wait to see the Bavar 3!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      I totally agree with you Charles. Unfortunately, we have been reduced to a bunch of ninny's worried about "political correctness" (phewwwwt!!) and our own shadow!! What we have become!!! I can still remember when America was the most respected country in the world. Now, .................... ????

      September 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      These are copies of a 1980s-vintage, German-built wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) craft. With their large, angular tail units and broad ground-effect wing, they certainly aren't "stealthy." Moreover, the high-mounted engine and its large propellor will be clearly visible both on radar and on thermal imagers. I'd hate to be the guy who tries to "fly" one of these contraptions in combat.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lloyd

      Give me a worn out piper cub and a BB gun and I'll take the all out!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      For those of us who spent time in military aviation, just the name IRAN has a specific meaning, which is Inspect and Repair As Needed. I think any inspection would uncover needed repairs, not only for these new fangled flying boats, but for the whole country!! We shouldn't worry about attaching Iran for any reason. All these clowns have to do is look like they are doing something we don't like, and we will spend millions trying to find out what it really is. Our enemies don't have to attack us on the battlefield. All they have to do is make us spend ourselves to death. Right now, they are doing a pretty good job of it. We'll still win, but we will be poorer for it.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Whats next, sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Take action over WHAT, exactly? A nuclear program no one can prove exists? Maybe we should be a bit more concerned with Israel's nuclear weapons... not program.. they already have weapons. They have a far far far worse record when it comes to attacking other nations.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      Why in the world should we even bother worrying about Iran building prop-power flying boats with BB guns when we have the technological know-how for building jet-powered variants with stealth technology? Also, does Iran actually think it found new technologies? This is old-school tech. Heck, a Russian from decades past figured out how to create a flying boat that can submerge.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattDaddy

      What are they planning on doing; crop dusting the worlds waterways?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Let one of these hobby planes get within range of the U.S. Navy, the laughter aboard will take one out..

      September 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      lol.....Its like a bunch of kids took over a country and made little toy soldiers and so cute...bless thier little hearts...

      September 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • i2h

      did every single reply completely miss the sarcasm?

      September 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • rich

      BRAD: you a dope shut it!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • connolly

      You're absolutely right! We should take action! I will round up Snoopy and the Red Barron, or call on the WWII vets that are still alive and know how to operate a mounted machine gun on antiquated equipment to take these "high tech" planes on. Ha ha!! Oh man, Iran,,,.REALLY?!!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      i agree ,ինչպես դուք se բոլոր նրանք անել սուտ է, եւ խույս տալ եւ թափոնների իմ ժամանակը.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awesomeness

      I think I made one of these with my Dad when I was 6

      September 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maekchu

      They go for $1,999.99 on Ebay and come with a free fishing pole.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jones Foyer

      Good lord! What has Iran done? They've put in motion the terrible wheels of an unsustainable flying boat technology escalation that will surely end in a terrible all out World Flying Boat War the likes of which this world has never seen. Undoubtedly, the creator of this evil technology must have paused when the idea as executed, and realized that he was the destroyer of worlds. Flying boats will destroy us all! ( least those of us near the water.)

      September 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • holdem

      Rule#1 When building a stealth plane, be sure to paint the bottom red so that it is camouflaged against the blue sky...

      September 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I wouldn't worry about these flying boats, we've had these things since the 50's. The Iranians are a little "behind the times".

      September 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherman

      those are cute

      September 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      looks like they are lining up to race around the gulf. and wheres the machine gun, oh, i see it an AK47 carried by the pilot

      September 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LastLordByronOfApt15

      You have to give them credit for originality and they look kinda cool, but if I were being attacked by one of these, I would probably just laugh...haha.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • is this legal

      Please, you wouldn't even have to build anything special to disable this POS. Look @ how exposed the engine is. 1-3 good AP rounds through the engine and it's time to send the rescue choppers. the only real worry would be if these could some how carry a dirty bomb or something similar. but even then, a couple of well placed rounds through the engine and it's toast...

      September 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Navy

      Dont need a missle. Phalanx CIWS will wipe a squadron before it can get close to a mile.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      The Russian's where bluiding these in the sixties and seventies, could find no real good use for them, so they stopped building them.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Porter

      This is a serious news report? Oh Snap! a flying canoe with a gun strapped to it. What are these supposed to be used for? They seem kind of point-less and unable to combat anything real. I doubt all three squadrons of these things could take down one F-22 or Apache.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • koloaboy

      Did they really copy the Lake Aircraft design and call it their own?

      September 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Well I am glad the Iranian military has finally gotten WW2 tech. Just watch, next they will announce they have tanks! lol

      September 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • theman

      Pa, quick! Grab the shot gun! hehe

      September 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • CsThrouLies

      The real nuclear threat. Watch out america!

      September 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      Sadly, the Bavar 1 had a minor design flaw and many iranian pilots were lost to the sea. The fuselage was made entirely of cardboard, elmer's glue and toothpics.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Supreme Leader

      Don't laugh. We can produce one of these planes every 90 days, and some of them can also fly.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe M.

      Wow!! So impressive! Its only about 80 years BEHIND the development of flying boats in the USA. Whats next? Electric toasters? Maybe ground troops using flourescent hoola hoops to confuse their enemies? Can't wait to see what's next!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Oh my lord I needed a laugh today! ha! ?Seriously, gather all the women and children, get to the bunker quick! The Iranians are invading with their... wait, what???? flying boat????? HA!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike L

      American Catalina Flying Boat- Maiden Flight 1935
      Maximum speed: 196 mph (314 km/h)
      Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)
      Range: 2,520 mi (4,030 km)
      Service ceiling: 15,800 ft (4,000 m)
      Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
      Wing loading: 25.3 lb/ft² (123.6 kg/m²)
      Power/mass: 0.034 hp/lb (0.056 kW/kg)
      Lift-to-drag ratio: 11.9
      3× .30 cal (7.62 mm) machine guns (two in nose turret, one in ventral hatch at tail)
      2× .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns (one in each waist blister)
      4,000 lb (1,814 kg) of bombs or depth charges, torpedo racks were also available

      September 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merl10

      @Charles, Tony: You see a threat here? I'd suggest you get off your FoxNews diet for a while. It will allow your brain to think.
      @Andrew: I don't know what you're looking at ! These things do not go fast anywhere.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Johnson

      I'm pretty sure that a boat that flies is called a "plane", and those were invented over 100 years ago...

      September 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • moderatepar

      hello iran welcome to the early 1900's when the first airline was opened between tampa and st petersburg using a flying boat. Orville Wright is gonna sh&* his pants...

      September 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Johnson

      Seriously Charles? You can't be serious. That little thing can be plucked out of the air with a wrist-rocket. We should seriously be scared though, of laughing our tails off at this thing...and to think they built a squadron of those kiddie planes, fair must be in town.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      This just in: The Iranians have gained access to our GI Joe reruns! What are those things for? Was Cobra commander behind this? To think we’re wasting our time with these a$$ clowns! Their more of a threat to themselves.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • CD

      Cool! More easy targets for the US Navy to shoot down. What are they called, Iranian ducks?

      September 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudedog

      Of course we will have to resort to old technology and start arming our troops with shotguns, double OO should do the job.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      One advantage it has over an F15 is that an F15 can’t fly that slow! Haaa…

      September 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikantraed

      One EMP pulse and those things come down like a wet sack of cement.

      This crap reminds me of the ending of a King Kong movie.. What a joke!!!! lalalahaahahhahahaha

      September 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaitey

      Oh come on charles, there on the other side of the world, leave them alone, they have a war to fight in. Its not illegal to make weapons. I agree with Brad, grow up buddy, and like i said, leave them alone.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      flying boats circa 1935

      September 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Dont think too much action needs to be taken. If a $500 Million US warship cant shoot down an appraching "flying Boat" powered by a lawnmower engine it deserves to be blown up!

      September 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel

      Really Chuck? Equating Christian Conservatives in America with Islamic Conservatives? You absolutely have to be the most naive fool or the biggest idiot the American Commies have ever recruited. Grow up.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Why do we have to worry? Its not like this is an actual threat. If we needed to we (USA) could build the exact same thing within a week.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tolan



      September 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fulcanelli

      LMOA.... come one iran you got to come up with something better than that if you want to compete. they are using propellers, its like the US army trying out bows and arrows for R and D.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Is this country run by nothing but suicidal idiots? The high-speed Gatling guns on board every US Naval vessel will tear these things to shreds in mere seconds, miles before they even get close. This is old Soviet style Ekranoplan technology, but the design comes from Germany. No viable commercial applications.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      They may look ridiculous, but imagine 20 or 40 of these things attacking and sinking an oil tanker as it leaves the Persian Gulf. When your gas is at $10 a gallon and no more container ships or tankers are leaving the Gulf, you will wish we paid attention to these things earlier.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roelof

      Holland shows goalkeeper and new range 1000km radar( 625 mile radar, USA has 300 mile) that can shoot a fly out of the air.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trident

      What were the Iranian's thinking? Any NATO boat's phalanx guns will shred the S&^t out of these. This is world war 2 technology.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BILL


      September 28, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Not?

      Iran is developing its own amphibian air force. US went through the same trial and tribulation. This is good start. Next, they will improve the design, engine, and then its range. Then Israel and US will complain about the weapons of mass destruction being carried by 'draconian super fast boat-planes that can deliver a devastating blow to the Freedom loving Western nations trying to protect their local dictators while suppressing their populations.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      Oh no now my boathouse at the lake is not safe from Iran. They can land the lake and invade my home now.......

      September 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • yawn

      Let's send them an Atari 2600 console. THAT technology should render them speechless

      September 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • T-hawk

      So what is a pilot of one of these flying junk heaps going to do when he's locked on by surface to air missiles or air to air. I hope he has life insurance

      September 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Flying boats in a desert. Win.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      correct me if i am wrong, but im pretty sure we have had water planes for years. acually, i think we have advanced past those, made aircraft carriers, and loaded them with superhornets. but im sure those flying boats are good too

      September 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conscience69

      It's time to send in the Wright Bros.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • CheeseSteak

      These are ground effect type aircraft. Similar to the Soviet Ekranoplan. These aircraft have been build by amateurs, but are very limited in their capabilities. They are unstable outside of ground effect. They have a lot of drag and are underpowered. They have, in their current form, a maximum load of around 800lbs, including pilot and fuel. They have a top speed of around 100MPH. They can't follow terrain, so they're useless against land troops. They are only usable on calm seas, so they have limited value against water based forces.

      Their only value to the Iranian military is as a propaganda tool to try to impress their own citizens. The actually military value of these things is nil.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      And these guys are building nukes...

      September 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ca1ssa

      Persian Technology=Today's oxymoron, but it stil beats a Segway.
      In fairness to their engineers, they had to design something that a Persian could drive.
      We'll see one of these on Miami Mall Cop.
      Eric: LOL, but not the same. The Oz flying monkeys scared a skid out of me when I was eight.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      The US has had planes for years that could run in the Water and Fly both!!! Ours is a lot better...

      September 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruffus the Green

      Can anyone see the next "James Bond" movie with these thing-a-ma-bobs in the starring role chase scene painted red/white/blue???

      September 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satellite

      So this is where Toyota dumped all their defective motors and steering links. Hope they don't have any of those Asian flying carps over there.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spikeu

      This is the best laugh I have had in a very long time. Thanks for all the guys MUST be professional comedians to come up with such hillarious one-liners. THANKS!

      Seriously, is this real?

      September 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      These things would be target practice for any Navy ship. ONE good destroyer could probably take out most of their fleet. This thing is a joke.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • archi102

      We'll have to respond with a squadron of an advanced version of the Sopwith Camel. Of course we'll have to add some pontoons and supercharge the Gnome Monosoupape 9N Rotary engine to bump it up to maybe 250hp but desperate times call for desperate measures.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom usn ret....

      these dopes better stop agravating us....if they come anywhere near our forces with that toy it will spell doom. its just too silly.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED4

      Really cute. I wonder how much one would cost. The wing span doesn't look large enough to support flight though. I can't help wondering if this is a product of photoshop.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandrake Ripper A.K.A.

      You all just don't get it... we are obviously in a "Flying Boat Gap..." "WE need squadrons... (Buck Turgidson)"
      O.K I admit the average Texas Game Warden can cite these guys out of business for short fish and using treble hooks...
      actually, maybe they just want to help us and spray oil dispersant over the Gulf?...
      Obviously, these are decoys to take our eyes off their secret wheel-less car subs armed with bubble guns...
      Laugh now...If only one gets through with those nukes they're building, we'elll beee sooorrryyy....

      September 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adrian

      don't worry those flyin boats will never get close to a US Naval Ship.
      20mm Phalanx CIWS

      September 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lolville

      I think I saw those on Gilligans Island. Bonus points if their parts are made in China.

      September 29, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandrake Ripper A.K.A.

      How could you people sleep! CNN just reported all the planes, including the ones we did not detect – in Stealth Mode – have all disappeared and were last reported to be headed towards the critical infrastructure target of Shreveport!
      A reported witness stated, "look up in the sky, It's a Plane... No, its a friggin Boat????"
      6 planes were reported to have crashed while trying to refuel in air, and hundreds of discarded petrol cans have been found in an E/SE direction from LA to Houston... Meanwhile, thousands of flying carpets were spotted heading towards..

      September 29, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Nyles Cota

      nothing puts my worries to bed more than that picture. It looks like to make it fair we have to only fight back with the budweiser race boats. OHH NO its got a machine gun!!! send in the f-18's hahahahaha

      September 29, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • GPaugam

      Ridiculous story, a good .50 cal machine gunner can take out half the fleet of "flying monkey boats". I'm just waiting for CNN to report on, when they roll out of course...sharks with lasers on theirs heads....bwah haha!

      September 29, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Christian

      once one person creates somthing that may not be inprasive they people who make a wise comment get bitten in the ass and are in trouble because that person can just up grade and the may be a machine gun what else do u think they could put on there and then all hell will brake loose and what then:-( and u all know it is true

      September 29, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • buffalosoldiers

      hakhakhakhak.. i think Iran is going to make a disneyland hakhakhak.. what a waste of time and money. look people of IRAN look what ahmadenijad is doing to your money he is making toy's for the big boys hakhakhak.... i'm so aaaffffffrrrraaaaiiiiiiddd of what's going on to the leaders of IRAN their brain is becoming sick.

      September 29, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • rob

      You ate kidding, Charles, Tony, right? Iran already has F-14s, MiG 25s and Mirages and you are worried about the Pinewood Derby? If they want to sink a tanker they'll use one of their real planes, the kind they've had for 30 years, not this wind-up rubber-band model toy.

      September 29, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Dex

      Directions: Wind rubber band-powered prop 50 times. While stabilizing prop with one hand, point balsa flyer away from face and launch!

      September 29, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      iran is pathetic! nuke em and all muslim countries problem solved

      September 29, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • asche

      generation II – once they realize how much of a piece of crap Gen I is

      September 29, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      take action? against flying speed boats? are you kidding? that's not even worth the fuel and munitions cost to destroy. if this is the "threat" Iran poses, jeez what a joke.

      September 29, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Skeiron

      Seems to be useful as a patrol boat, but logically it's useless when there's a real war.

      September 29, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      CIA:"'Mr. President, we have something to show you. I ran appears to have develuped a flying fighter boat."

      September 29, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • 57elliot

      Did Baghdad Bob get hire to do their press releases?

      Super cool little plane/boat. However, a total joke as a combat aircraft.

      Once the Iranians toss their wacko government and return to civilization, they might be able to sell some really cool stuff on the civilian market.

      September 29, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      As a former Intelligence analyst for the US NAVY one must always consider that Iran physically controlls the SOH (straight of hormus). All they have to do is let a few sea mines go in the SOH or sink a tanker and no oil tanker would be able to get insurance to transit the straight. Meaning if a ship were to sink, oil prices would hit above 10 dollars a gallon at the pumps. 70-80's ring a bell? We have to be firm, but also very watchfull since they control the worlds oil.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • norman

      what exactly is there to worry about here? they look sleak, but these things are waaaay behind our technology, and we will have absolutely no trouble swatting them down like fireflies if we ever got into a conflict

      September 29, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      These are Great! , ditch the guns, and you can sell these to every lake in the US. I know guys, including me that would want one.

      Iran!, Make Peace, and then sell them here to for public use. Very Coo-ool
      tell me more on their spec's

      September 29, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I think I saw this ride at six flags. It was a little pricey.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      at least paint them black lol

      September 30, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Old SAC Guy

      That technology came in and went out back in the 1940's. You got to be kidding me, this is their most high tech weaponry?! I can shoot these backwood cookies down with a potato gun!

      September 30, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
    • miki

      this is a real WMD. WORSE MADE DEVICE !

      September 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BajaJohn

      These things can be sunk; maybe they could be shot down with a bow and arrow.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevec

      Mini flying boats – how cool!

      I've assembled a kit car a few years ago. Building a flying boat would be very cool.

      I wonder if they would sell them in kit form?

      September 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Guys, you got to admit... one of those would make a pretty cool Bassboat. 🙂

      October 1, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Cool!! Target drones!!

      October 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • notoj

      Cute toys. I want one.

      October 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    Is there really no one who can explain to the Iranians how ridiculous they always appear to the world?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • william

      News flash: This just in... desert country unveils squadrons of propellor driven flying boats. Entire world in fear!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      I tried explaining it to the americans too! but they walk with their heads in the cloud..

      September 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • socalpimp

      Their president wears the same suit for a week straight!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      They evade radar? So I'm sitting on the ground manning my anti-aircraft gun when all of sudden I hear what sounds like a loud moped in the sky and see a flying pontoon boat, what to do, what to do?

      September 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      No because Iran lives in the 7th century, and you have to admit, someone living 1300 years ago would think these planes are pretty cool.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • oldguy

      That's just what I was thinking: THE NOISE, but radar can't detect them, ha HA ! What a breakthrough...

      September 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigBoom

      @ Texas Pete: Missiles? I am thinking a baseball, or .50 cal, either would likely down them. Or we would install astro-turf and rubber tees down the sides of our ships and pretend they are the ball fetcher at the driving range and have everyone just slam away golf balls.

      Looking at it, the wing is a high lift, low-efficiency design, and very short, so I am guessing this thing walks(flies) a very fine line between controlled flight and chaos. It is all the pilot can probably do to keep it aloft, much less line it up for a gun run. As far as radar evading, pretty tough to claim that with an engine block exposed like that, plus a pure vertical vertical stabilizer and T-Tail horizontal one. I think the Iranians had the radar turning in standby when they ran that test, not actively transmitting. Last, any IR weapon will have a hayday with that glowing engine in the air.

      It will s*ck to be the pilot of that thing in an engagement, his survival is only hooked to the low and slow, and certainly not any stealth characteristics this sled has.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I'm impressed! Iran is finally ready to fight the air war of the First World War! Oh, wait.......

      September 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      Why does this remind of the old joke about the Polish solar powered night fighters...

      September 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      I think Iran has a better chance of killing Americans by making us laugh ourselves to death. XD I mean, I can probably hear those planes with their noisy props in a moonless night and still be able to get a good shot off of them. 🙂

      September 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Cuck: They didn't make them to land!!! They made them to crash into buildings...

      September 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      They already know and doesn't care!!! as long as They got the oil They can getaway with anything...

      September 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satellite

      Sam, I think the Supreme Leader can explain it to his people the best: "We had our crack programmers using Windows 3.1 design our stealth fleet. Ishmeal, smuggled in Windows 95 to prepare our nuclear program but it keeps locking up with a code...says please deposit 25 cents to play again"

      September 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Huh?

    Dude....what are you talking about?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. joey

    It may be radar evading but there are other ways of locating them. They won't make it to America anyhow.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • HAHA

      make it to really?
      you should not post with such a high IQ level..

      September 28, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      Your joking right? This vessel may have a range of 300-400 nautical miles. Plus it's armed with only a medium caliber machine gun. The people next door to me have more firepower in their closet then the entire airwing has. Gotta love the NRA folks.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Joey,I hope they make it into a few of our amusement parks.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      @Rick from LA, ahhh..yes. I "gotta love" idiots like you that will find any chance to bring up the NRA, Christians, GOP, Tea Party and the list goes on and on. Get off of your soap box moron. If it rains tomorrow people like you will blame the Republicans, the NRA.......

      September 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Just look up and see This Stupid Thing Flying in the Shy!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lloyd

    There is no way possible those ungainly looking things evade radar.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      I'm pretty sure they will avoid radar as they only get about 10 ft. off the ground

      September 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • D.H.

      They fly so close to the water that radar is not all that useful.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me, myself and I

      Yeah a shame that something that low to the water can't be seen on radar. Gotta love our radar invisible aircraft carriers which are so low to the water that they actually touch it.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      They are probably very effective at evading radar as sinking is probably pretty common. Im sure the Pentagon is preparing a multi billion$ weapon system to counter this "imminent threat to US interests". Im sure every red blooded, Palin loving republican will be behind the effort to counter this major advance over the Bavar 1 flying boat technology and make the world safe for to build more Mcdonalds restaurants.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      To all those who say the flying boats can't be seen on radar– Have you ever owned a boat? Did your boat have radar? Mine did and I spent about $2,000 for the radar so i could see other BOATS in the fog and at night Yes radar can see things that are close o the water and even on the water and we are talking about a $2K radar not something exotic. And YES I could see wooden and fiberglass boats although the big 700 foot long steel hull ships show up much better, small sailboats like mide show up too.

      September 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tim

    Just more things we will have to blow up.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      Is that all your filthy, little mind can think about ?

      September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      yes that is what we American's think about, you build it, we blow it up.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • GWBPress

      This just in!!! The former president of the USA and mastermind of the USNaval Defense Team has spent thousands of dollars on a new fleet of unmanned, radar and IR evading planes made from standard loose leaf lined and unlined recycled paper!!!

      News flash: George is still trying to mount a gun onto the things.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Tim,I think an Infantryman with a rock can take that out.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick S

      Finally a worthy adversary for our squadrons of duck hunters armed with 12 ga shotguns

      September 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Israel will have the fun doing that!!! Why should We waste Our Missile on it???

      September 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Israel ? defend itself?

      Seriously? they cry to NATO and the 'international' community so much these days, I doubt they can fart on their own.

      September 30, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael Beatty

    You kidding right? This is the might of the Iranian Navy?? Flying Kayaks????

    When are we going to do the world a favor and just let the Israeli Air Force turn that place into a self lighting glass covered parking lot..

    September 28, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You are aware, that the majority of people don't want this regime, right? But with your response, millions of innocent people should be nuked... ? Very smart! Typical gun-toting Yank!

      September 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      For what? What have they done to deserve that? So some college kids killed some Americans, sorry, that sucks, wish it hadn't happened, but it's in the past. So what is your reason now? Oh, because they aren't our best friend? Who cares, as long as they aren't attacking us, why do we have to be friends? People like you want to go to war soooo easily. You know what would happen if we turned them to a glass table top? Other muslim countries would declare war, then what, we turn them to glass tops? Now every country in the world is our enemy, so what, we turn the whole world into a glass top? Idiots always resort to violence first, and that is why the word is in the condition it is in. Do the world a favor, shut up.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • BIg Dave

      Brad, Iran is one of the largest state sponsors of terrorism in the world. They routinely funnel weapons and money to poeple who want to blow themselves up and kill Americans (you!). Don't you understand that they don't want to live peacefully? They only want to export jiihad against western ways of living. They don't think like you do. They want you dead, not to exist peacefully with you!

      September 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • gateway

      "They want you dead, not to exist peacefully with you!"
      I just had to reply to that.
      Actually, that's not true. Most dictatorial regimes, like Iran, want to be left alone, so they can control their citizens. This whole bravada is just to show their citizens that they are a strong regime, that can even threaten American.
      It is their citizens these regimes fear most.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      @Big Dave – Well I guess it's a good thing we Americans occupy the moral high ground. Our intelligence services have NEVER funneled money to insurgent groups fighting against countries we considered to be enemies. Never.

      Hopefully you get the sarcasm.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Brickman

      Big Dave, are you bothering to look at the bigger picture? The Iranian government and conservative religionists posture against the USA, but it is calculated, I believe, rather than based on unchecked emotion. In fact, my research and correspondence lead me to conclude (along with many others) that the Iranian PEOPLE in general like the USA. Bombing Iranian civilian populations (which is unavoidable in nuclear strikes) would be so counter-productive as to make it absolutely not worth doing. When we start throwing nukes around innocent people with no clear national-security emergency we have forfeited any moral high ground.

      February 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. W

    Big deal. Ever hear of a Lake Aircraft? I could buy an automatic rifle from a gun show, strap it to a Lake, and have the equivalent of what Iran is celebrating in this photo for under $100k. Iran flying boats=Fail

    September 28, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • wilson anderson


      Were are these gun shows selling automatic weapons? I would like to buy one too. These government forms and the high cost of NFA approved class III is just killing me.


      September 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      At Least Iran is wasting their money on those than guying something that could do damage to us!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nate

    Appears to be somewhat miniscule, and rather ineffective.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |

      I'm still looking in the photo for the cables that attach them to the rest of the carnival ride.....

      September 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. huge

    flying boats went out with reliable landing gear in the 1930's, this a toy, a useless showtoy that wouldn't stand a chance against a real fighter. Mount a machine gun on a kit plane and you could take one of these out. I'd like to have one though....

    September 28, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Reg

      I wish I could come up with a clever comment here, but I can't stop laughing long enough.

      This made my day.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Reg

      To "huge" - my comment applied to the news, not to your comment. I just hit the wrong "reply" link.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Boston

      I'm no supporter of Iran, but I think they have god's given right to develop any weapons they want (including Nucs). why shouldn't they? Israel has them, we have them.

      We can set here and laugh all we want, however, we still don't have the balls to attack, do we now????

      September 28, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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  11. DavenCHS

    WOW. That wont be easy to shoot down. Fiberglass is so strong, missles will have no effect. SARCASIM.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Aetna7011

      Iranian Flying Boat pilot: "OH NO. They've found my one weakness...bullets"

      September 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    That's ok. They will sink fast enough.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Reg

      Ah, I believe you've identified how they are "radar evading". Radar is ineffective in locating sunken objects.

      September 28, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kimo

    Only good for patrolling their own waters and controlling fishing boats, etc. They pose no military threat. I'm sure "radar evading" means just that...flying very low to evade radar. Certainly with that engine and prop mounted high...they are NOT "low observable" by any means.

    September 28, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. tim

    i would love to see what they look like on fire

    September 28, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • ujustwaitnc

      lol i give them 2 weeks then next time they take em out and try to manuver them into a tactical formation, and 8 of them crash into each other and the resulting debris takes out 4 more. lol but cnn wont be allowed to broadcast that.all we will get to see is a crappy cell phone vid.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Boatguy

    OMG I want one SO BAD!!!!!!! LOL

    September 28, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Bugoy15

      Go to Toys"R'Us...they are on

      September 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
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