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. aj

    does anyone else notice the English alpha numeric " F 313" on the plane? what's that all about?

    February 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dadomac

      It means Friday, triple thirteen. Too many bad lucks.

      February 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. peter buchmueller

    I am gas turbine expert. leave alone how looks this plane, just think about, how manufacturing Iran kind of engines while embargo? Which country supply for him the engines? Russia, or France? Parts and service?
    This is a joke, kind of airplane need operation and maintenance background. But what kind of jet fighter have Iran at all? and who take care for this planes? Without spare parts, and important service bulletins ?

    February 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Boeing Aeronautical Engineer - Cal Tech

    OK, outside of the obvious design issues (so many its comical – intake, wingspan, canopy, etc, etc). If you need real proof, have a look at picture #2 just forward of where you might expect the canopy to secure, see the light souce hitting the "skin" of the "aircraft" (I'm using these terms loosly)? See how it appears to be bubbling? Yeah, that's not good. Nice work guys, next time let the glue dry.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paullubbock

    I'm gonna guess the only thing Iranians are good at flying are shoes.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SonOfSteel

    No way those miniscule air inlets would suffice for a hungry turbo-fan; Perhaps it's powered by an Ahmadinajerbil on a wheel.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sftommy

    Let's see them put one up the air against a F-18

    February 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • David1958

      An F18? How about a P51 Mustang?

      February 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Sopwith Camel, piloted by a certain cartoon beagle would do it. Curse you, Red Iranian!

      February 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leland

    ALSO! The regional
    junior varsity female hockey team wants their ice rink back!

    February 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RogerFrancis

    A large Matchbox collectors item. Allahu Ahmenidjad akbar fools.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Luke Evans

    you gotta love the sriousness of american media

    February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yakobi

    Who are they trying to impress (or rather, fool)?
    Until it actually flies, it's just a model.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike from Seattle

    I heard they're using Tonka trucks to "refuel" the jets.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SonOfSteel

    Pic #6 is the Best~! That 'pilot' is looking at Ah-Diminish-aahd as if to say "Seriously? Can I keep the Ray-bans on, so my family can't recognize me?"

    February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RogerFrancis

    They would have convinced me better if they claimed to have invented a flying carpet for Alladin and Prince Ahmedejinad to fly.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luke Evans

    its funny because american media already is treating iran like an enemy without really knowing if iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. i geuss the war america or israel will start is coming soon...

    February 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sim namore

      Almost thirty years ago Iran purchased Swiss-made printing presses (the same ones used by the U S Federal Reserve) and began producing counterfeit U S 20s. They attempted (and continue to attempt) to devalue U S currency in this fashion. It is an act of war and they know it. That alone is sufficient–no other justification is necessary. Their current nuclear plans will lead to their annihilation.

      February 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Smoke and mirrors

    Why don't they have any pictures of it flying?

    February 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sim namore

      They're afraid the dog won't bring it back.

      February 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
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