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. DaFizz

    What a joke. I think that thing might actually fit in my apartment.

    February 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kyle

    we'll call it the G.I JOKE

    February 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ELOB

    Does it blend?

    February 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shoe thrower

    No wonder they threw their shoes at him, I would too. What an embarrassment to the Iranian people. Maybe they might be short on shoes over there, maybe we should send some over there? Wait, they might copy our technology on our shoes and use it against us.

    February 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Actually they have the NSA (National Shoe Association) a very powerful shoe lobby over there... and there not afraid to use them too.

      February 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |

    I got it – it's the plane in the first Indiana Jones movie in the desert

    February 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Necessary

    Did anyone else notice that in all the images the wording on the aircraft are in English? Normally an aircraft built by a country and intended to be used by said country usually use their national language on all warning signs... An image on their official site has the words "NO PUSH" on the landing gear cover panels.

    February 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      I saw that – pretty funny

      February 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JamesBond

    The angular fuselage reminds me of the stealth, but does it have any stealthy capabilities? Like radar absorbing material.

    February 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheLocNar

      We should test if cardboard absorbs radar waves.

      February 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capt Jack

      This will be more stealthy than any US fighter. I will bet $50 you will never see one of these on radar. Of course it's an easy bet because it will never fly.....

      February 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TheLocNar

    Looks like a Maaco paint job. Oh heck... I can't insult Maaco like that!

    February 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. What a joke!

    Where are the access panels for servicing (i.e. engine oil, O2 bottle, etc.)? Where are the rail mounts for any air-to-air missiles, bombs, or countermeasure pods? The mulahs are so desperate for attention that they have to mock up an amusement park ride, invite a few reporters at gun point, and tell the world absolutely NOTHING!

    Oh by the way, mulahs! You forgot the air refueling access door on top.

    Ok Iranians! You got 5 minutes of my attention...well done!

    February 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • chinaman03

      this is an electric plane! no fuel. charge 1 hour and fly 24 hours. the u.s. technology is behind theirs.

      February 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marc

    Since when do Islamic nations shout Cobralalalalalalalala instead of the whole Allah thing?

    February 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BillyBob

    Notice there are no wind screen latches anywhere on picture 6. I recon just a suction seal is going to hold it down, oops seal not there either. Sorry Iran

    February 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackZol

      Its magnetic.. 😉

      February 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Capt Jack

    Look at the avionics...... this thing reminds me of a poorly build kit aircraft. Combat aircraft have every wire and cable strapped with vibration isolation and redundancy. I really want to see one of these in a test flight....

    February 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. frank thorpe

    Iran is just moving Ghetto Style, trying to flash Bling, roll with Heart, and Threaten like they have a pair! the president said "MARCH" is the deadline, and I don't think that "ANYTHING" will come of that meeting this month. War is going to happen to them, but folks, it'll be a joke, joke, joke!

    February 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    Probably one of the least aerodynamic aircraft I've seen. And looks like plastic. Where was it made? China?

    February 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bubba

    Why don't they just put a rocket up a camels butt? It would have a better chance of getting off the ground!

    February 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
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