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. goo6er

    In WWII our pilots painted their fighters with likenesses of their wives and girlfriends. It doesn't have the same effect when all you can see is a burka.

    February 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    I bet the missles for this thing are made of plastic and are spring loaded

    February 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Singularity0

    A sonic boom is all that is needed to rattle this contraption into pieces. Save on ordnance.

    February 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. F. Daniel Gray

    I wrote a comment, and pressed "post," what did I miss?

    February 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe biden

    if it aint made by white it aint right. plain and simple..... but please remember that an a-bomb is an a-bomb whether made with 1950 tech or 2013 tech. destruction may differ in size but after effects are lasting. keep that in mind those with a superiority complex.

    February 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Louie

    It's like the Iranians got their hands on a badly deteriorated copy of Clint Eastwood's "Firefox" and attempted to create the same plane....and failed.

    February 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike V

    April is not here but we have the fools......

    February 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terran Unification

    if it works its great, if its an expensive toy than sucks to be Iran. if the West, Israel, and the USA thinks this warplane is a joke, how so, why do you care, leave Iran alone, who gives a dam about Iran's nuclear threat against Israel when its clear they (Israel) hate Muslims (Palestinians and those who Muslims) as much as Nazis hated their (Jewish) ancestors. I've forgiven Arab Muslims and all Muslim but those who commit (heretical) act of violence in the name of Islam or God (aka Islamic Terrorist). leave Iran alone, at least they can make their own adequate jet-fighter without buying outdated Russian, European, or American warplanes.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Olaf Big

    This is extremely poor reporting. CNN, which is supposed to bring us news and analysis, regurgitates comments from bloggers who know as little about aviation as they do about Iran. Is it supposed to be a flight-ready aircraft, or is it indeed a mock-up of a future design? We don't know, CNN does not know, and the bloggers certainly don't know. So why all the noise?

    February 11, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. blah blah blah

    there is nothing more priceless than jealousy and the sound of bunch of mentally 12 yr olds bad-mouthing their rival... Which one of you have designed a real fighter jet? 0 ... so what makes you think you are qualified to comment on this aircraft design??! how about we get a reputable fighter designer to throw in their 2 cents, which actually matters. And no playing call of duty and reading military threads don't make you an expert ! 😉

    February 11, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. merlin

    The bottom half looks like it was removed from a canoe and the "guidance system" in front of the " fighter pilot " looks like a 486 computer.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. blah blah blah

    I was really hoping that CNN would get reputable aircraft designers and real engineers to tell us about this bird and its potential capabilities...I mean really now, Bloggers ?! This is an insult to Americans. no wonder people outside of usa don't think of us very highly anymore. it is just sad :/

    February 11, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Julius

    Hahahaah....Well We were also told that the drone was not the real one. Well America, Its time you start realizing that other nations are catching up. Its obviously a war machine to be serious with. This guys have scientist and money to come up with such kind of hardware. Next war will be fun

    February 11, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Homer10

    And it will crash and burn just like my GI Joe airplane. The downward pointing wing tips will show up like a corner reflector to a radar. They totally built it wrong.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. S. Linebarger

    If this was a Iranian built fighter, why is all of the lettering in English?

    February 11, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
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