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. midnitejax

    I'm pretty sure I saw that plane flying around on a merry- go-round on the pier. It was being chased by two horses, a Unicorn and a firetruck. I'm pretty sure it was pursuing a helicopter and speedboat.

    February 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Right

    Let's think outside the box. This could be a kamikazi type aircaft for use against U.S. ships. You don't need long range, launch from airfields or roads near Persian Gulf. Pilot has night vision goggles, GPS, and high quality altimeter. Skim over the waves receiving directions from Iranian awacs type aircraft and pilot crashes plane into carrier. Don't need an ejection system, don't need a large amount of fuel onboard, just need two 1000 pound bombs, internal or external mounts. A jihadist's dream

    February 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Man Iranians are SMART!!!

    Develop a fighter jet to small to hit!

    February 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JB1

    OK Ahmedinejad looks like you got us now! Wanna pick up that 16 Trillion bar bill we racked up? I wouldn't consider it. I don't think that thing would make it out Iranian airspace.

    February 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pepsi Points

    After pooling all thier pepsi points, the Irianians ordered the jet Dada here it is and only 13000000 milliion more points you can get an A10 Bradley to complete the set.

    February 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. imalakotaboy

    I know Iran said they shot a monkey into space, but I didn't hear about Ahmadinejad leaving his office all week, so how could it be?? Only thing I'd be concerned about with their "new" planes is (in case) they're airworthy....they're being build for one-way missions. I hear they have one heck of an "in-flight cruise missle repairperson program." They're lining up for admission to school. Chaa!!

    February 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cisco49

    If you try to eject from this plane, you will almost certainly break your neck!

    February 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Back in the 80's, the Syrians were ejecting from their Russian fighter jets the moment a warning light came on, no matter how insignificant it was. They were loosing so many planes, the Russians disabled the ejection seats. The Iranians are not much smarter.

      February 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sithlord

      You tube some videos on it. Its really manuverable and actually a badass jet.

      February 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      Sithlord, the videos on youtube are obviously a small remote controlled (RC) scale model. The flight characteristics in the video does nto match a full size aircraft.

      February 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Albert

    but i was in Iran and I know they are ongoing.

    February 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ekram

    Well, if this is a "GI Joe toy" then USA and Israel should not be fearful of Iranian's nukes either because they would be no better than toy either! Why worry and be feared from a toy-maker? Lets lift the sanctions and let them make these toys and then export to American school children to play with......harmless toys!

    February 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I salute you Sir. Well said.

      February 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brewman

    stick with buyin russian ,migs

    February 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. todmngd

    Why is all writing and flags on this aircraft written in english?

    February 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shah

    What we as Americans need to do is realize that an enemy state is progressing. It doesn't matter if it looks like a toy, it can still carry bombs. This is progress for Iran. It should be taken serious.

    February 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pilot

      It won't fly...

      February 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      This is not a real aircraft. It is a poor attempt at fakery which would only work on those with little or no aeronautical knowledge.

      February 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Abdullah Abdullah

    Western world trembles at the feet of the Islamic superpower. Israel and there puppets the americans fear Iranian military. The Islamic bomb will burn israel and america. The Iranian Navy will patrol americas coasts and launch one bomb that will send america back to stoneage.

    February 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanuel Goldstein

      The only thing more sad than a Jihadist, is some white trash hick in his trailer park PRETENDING to be a jihadist, with some delusion that he is going to get everyone on an internet message board to hate people in the middle east.

      February 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mikea

    The size of the glass bubble around the pilot's seat strikes me! Obviously very little electronics inside, all dependent on pilot's sight. Looks more like it's just a seat with an engine behind it!

    February 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jnaneshwar108

    bashing the perceived enemy – brainwashed with your national media propaganda – over confidence and arrogance –
    arrogance goes to dance with ignorance – wish that you all would have some room on some subway walls...

    February 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
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