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. Whoa

    Dude has no instrument panels either. They just took a car stereo and clipped it to the top. Have you ever seen the instrument panels in an F-22 – just do a google image search. You can't fly a fighter jet with a car stereo.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rudy1947

    The contract for the plane was with Revell.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tyler

    Where's the coin slot?

    February 9, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Vincent

    Did anyone see the box that they are using for the tail fin. It says Fed ex.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • less

      Americans used high-tech foam for tail fins on their aesthetically pleasing high tech space shuttles Columbia and Challenger. Wasn't it awesome when they both disintegrated, like in a real Hollywood action movie?
      Or all those hundreds of aesthetically pleasing autos doming out of Detroit, but not worth a stale fart?

      February 9, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      less - you are totally wrong. The foam on the shuttle had absolutely nothing to do with tail fins. And the foam was not on the shuttle itself! The foam was an insulating layer on the large fuel tank that the shuttle is attached to during the 1st few minutes after takeoff. You should make sure you know what you are talking about before making such silly comments.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • sonny

      Our guys could shoot that paper plane down with a bb gun or a spitball.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Big John

      I actually looked twice when I read your comment...

      February 9, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. keith hinkel

    No matter what ya all say about this plane–it is NOT a TOY! ie: get a rocket in the dupa and ya soon see its REAL! CIA do your job–destroy it!

    February 9, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      The CIA does not need to destroy this aircraft. All that is required is for Iran to try to actually fly it, but then it probably does not have engines. We should do a fly-over just to see if this thing gets airborne, and if it does, then we should lead it on a long goose-chase to see how much fuel it carries. I cannot wait to see Iran attempt an aerial refueling!

      This appears to be just another Iranian hoax. Those silly Iranians! They are such jokesters!

      February 9, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ptolomaeus

    That's high quality aerospace equipment. Ahmadinejad wants to go into space on an Iranian rocket??? OK, send him up. After all, it the Iranian space capsule is built as well as that fighter...

    February 9, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • dentontheriot

      At least if they did that, there claims of sending a monkey into space would be justified.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • dentontheriot

      (Should be "their" before all the grammar guys jump in.)

      February 9, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe369

    Agree, looks a lot like the X-36 and the Boeing Bird of Prey

    February 9, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. cal

    Do Pigs Fly?

    February 9, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      When Ahmadinejad is flying, then yes. Otherwise, no.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. CRMays

    Yea this is clearly a mockup. But it is a cool homebuilt LOL. THe Iranian President "I am in a dinner jacket" is so hung up on trying to get attention. He should just get on TV and and hold his breath till someone recognizes him LOL. Oh well better luck next time! BTW if you aren't not going to fly it can I buy for my flight simulator?

    February 9, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • rickirs

      Notice the smoothness of the belly and wings. No provision for bombay opening nor weapon mountings under wings. I tis suppoesed to be a fighter but no guns or air to air missles. Maybe the fight is to run away/

      February 9, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shake's Pier

    What's up with their using western ID references ("F-313"). International convention? Maybe. But I'd think they'd prefer something more representative – like an ostrich with it's head in the sand.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      I find the number amusing too...as if they were trying to show a LITTLE restraint. Somewhere in Iran, there's a military leader who is upset that they didn't call it the F-2000000000.

      February 11, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Foxpro

    Haha, You would thing that the Danger and Caution placards would not be in English! I mean "Remove before flight" really?

    February 9, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Thats because Obama gave them the parts and technology to build it

      February 9, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mohamiss Shafique-Kaddir

    This is the most frightening deadly stealth fighter aircraft in the world . This proves that Islam is master of the world and that America is afraid by the might of the Iranian Revolution ! This aircraft , and this aircraft alone will stike terror in the hearts of the American Infidel ! Allah's justice will be done !

    February 9, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Fire up another Huka buddy.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Target Drone for US Aircraft


      February 9, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • America does Not Like Muslims

      You are the reason we have a military. I can't wait until we rid this planet of you and your terrorists friends. Keep doing what you are doing so we can justify of making a giant glass parking lot of your countries.

      Definition of a Muslim: Hindrance of a civilized world and peace.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • America does Not Like Muslims

      By the way, Allah is a fake sand fairy. Stick your Allah up your Butah.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • America does Not Like Muslims

      Another note: We have planes that were built in the 60's that can fly circles around that piece of junk. Wonder how many briggs and stratton engines are in it!

      February 9, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Designie

      OK, dude, stop quoting lines from the movie "Executive Decision"..... That thing couldn't strike fear into a Bi-Plane.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Big John

      You must be on crack...

      February 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Wow, that was a masterful troll effort. I especially like the guy that responded about Allah being fake...dude, ALL gods are fake.

      February 11, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Z slate

    Anyone else think its weird the word "warning" is in English on the plane? Hummmmm...

    February 9, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Target Drone for US Aircraft

    I'd call it a flying turd but I doubt they can even get it in the air.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Zwei Stein

    WE are the ONLY nation that can build a fighter – incorporating new designs and technology. Yes, just US. If your DNA is NOT American (sarcasm) you cannot come out with anything different that may be any good (unless you have some German scientists/engineers of course.)

    February 9, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Zwei, lots of countries make good aircraft. England, Germany, France, Russia, even China. It's not about being arrogant. It's the fact that those of us who follow aviation technology and know a bit about aircraft can take one look at this thing and know it's a joke.

      February 11, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
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