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. UnluckyEddy

    I worked around aircraft for a while, and this mockup is just that, I see what looks to be incorrectly stretcged fabric along the nose, the area behind the seat is suspiscious.the intakes are too small.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tomas

    Remember, the british empire made fun of the american continental army/navy for their subpar military equiptment. Americans tend to forget a lot.

    February 11, 2013 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    HAHAA HA!! Now I know who my mom gave all my toys to when she cleaned out my closet. That funny looking, non scary mock up of a fighter jet will break up during take off. Maybe they will have 2 dudes standing behind the engines making whoooooooshing sounds?

    February 11, 2013 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Arick

    Aviation experts have already weighed in on this thing. Their conclusion? Not a real plane and even if it was, it is not aerodynamically sound.

    February 11, 2013 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. RDM

    And this is the same Iran that the GOP is worried about getting a nuke huh? Seems legit......

    February 11, 2013 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. pwzl

    Agreed. Coming from an aerospace engineer, this plane has visible design flaws. The one that jumped out at me immediately was that the intakes are very, very small. They probably kept them small to keep the fighter stealthy, but the comment made earlier regarding engine stall is absolutely accurate. No way this thing is a viable fighter in its current configuration even if it does have a working engine because of choked/distorted inlet flow.

    February 11, 2013 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike B

    Does it have the Kung Foo grip?

    February 11, 2013 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Their jet is a hoax just like our President.

    February 11, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • waheid

      Dave – President Obama is not a hoax; he is the real thing. If you are interested in political hoaxes, consider some of the statements by conservatives (such as yourself) and Republican politicians. Every week we are treated to outrageous statements by Sen. McCain, who is probably senile, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who seems to be suffering from terminal megalomania. These hoaxes pretend to represent the American people whereas they actually represent the opinion (if you can call it that) of a small number of people with an even smaller I.Q.

      February 11, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • sleestak


      Please take your one trick somewhere else, you one trick pony.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • xirume

      Hey waheid... stick it up your wazoo

      February 11, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • hardeeharhar

      You must think yourself to be very clever, huh? You're nothing but a tea-party imbecile.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Neil

      Best comment iv'e ever seen!

      February 11, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Unfortunately Obama isn't a hoax. He's very real, as is the damage he's doing to our country.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tanner W

    This one looks like a real winner

    February 11, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. G

    Look at those inlets -TINY! Indicates a very low thrust engine.... if they even have one installed .... wouldnt even feel safe to taxi in that "aircraft"

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

      G, of course it has an engine. A 5HP Briggs and Straton so that it can propel itself in parades, and the pilot will wear a red fezz.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Krammer

      Small inlets are a sign of stealthiness. Small inlets help obscure jets from the radar of adversarial jets flying below it. It's features like inlet size that play a big part of what confers stealth technology to jets. Yeah, all new stealth jets have small inlets. Go figure

      February 11, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Tha Pyngwyn

      For an aircraft that tiny, do you really need a large engine? That thing looks smaller than a Predator drone!

      February 11, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Krammer

      If C N N cared about having a legitimate conversation about aircraft they'd talk about how Iran purchased the J-10 Chengdu fighter jets, which are on a par with F15s and F16s. They're too busy making sport of war, and comparing war to high fashion, to offer serious conversation about diplomacy over the military option.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    Anyone else see a flying version of the "The Homer"?

    February 11, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. sheikyerboutie

    I think it will float!

    February 11, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. guest

    no joystick, no seatbelt. Very few wires to the console. I know what this is, a video game you get into!

    February 11, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. guest

    not to mention you can't even see thru the plastic canpoy!

    February 11, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      canopy oops 🙂

      February 11, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Drakkenmensch

    I disagree about it looking like a G.I. Joe toy plane. Those used to have pins where you could clip on missiles and bombs!

    February 11, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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