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. Lou

    I am confused. If it is an Iranian fighter jet, why is everything written on it in perfect English?

    February 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Capable of flying at Mock 2

    February 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. truth in journalism

    LOL..........those whacky Iranians.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sundancer1222

    This is the reason why companies like TOY'S R US shouldn't do business with the middle east..

    February 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • moneygoeswest

      nice lol

      February 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vlad Drac

    Reminds me of an paper airplane I made once when I was 7. It flew about 3 feet and then spiraled out of control and crashed.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    You don't get it. This is the Iranian Prez craft project for school.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lin Lee

    That aircraft bears a keen resemblance to the "Laura" (aka Blackbird), the carbon-composite stealth fighter built by Chief Galen Tyrol and his deckhands in "The Flight of the Phoenix" episode of Battlestar Galactica (Season 2, 2005). If they can just get Starbuck to fly it, the Iranians might be able to take out a resurrection hub.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Marsden

      You win.

      February 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fred Kaullen

    Has anyone thought that there might be an infintisimal chance that they posted this on purpose? Could they actually be producing an inferior plane that just has a lot of speed and a lot of weapons. Their country cannot produce a real top-of-the-line fighter. They CAN produce a very fast jet that will be a wonderful target for NATO pilots.

    I sure wish the people of Iran will get rid of these folks that are dragging them into North Korea....that is another blog.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SPINJ

    I think they really believe that it can fly...heres what I really think: I think that they are trying to compete, but are making things up just to prove they are on the level...which they are obviously not. Have they ever even seen an F22??? The only thing you can compare that to is a paper plane lol Anyone with intelligence can see they they are lying about everything their country has done.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bumblin Bilz

    F-313 Huh? I really wonder what the other 312 designs looked like?

    February 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gord

    Right now there's a radar technician on an aircraft carrier in the Med giggling himself sillly.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nik green

    Amazing how the US is so paranoid about Iran, yet the best it can do in modern airplane technology is release photos of a model. Lets have a war on model aircraft!

    February 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jayakumar

    Best joke ever. The pilot sitting in his cockpit is the best. Looks like he is about to take a potty. 🙂

    February 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. moneygoeswest

    the raptors and super hornets can engage a target miles away, that thing looks about as dangerous as . . .as . . .I got nothin

    February 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    In photo 6 it doesn't look like there are any latches or even a good seal to hold the leading edge of the canopy down and in place while pressurized. Either that thing isn't pressurized or it's only a mockup. Also the seat bolts and brackets against the bulkhead look a bit weak for anything with high G's.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      I thought the same thing. No way that canopy stays closed at any kind of speed, nevermind while under pressure.

      February 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
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