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. aurelius

    The only Iranian monkey I know of is the one that runs the country.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • rasheed

      and your mother too!

      February 11, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Informed

    This is obviously a crude prototype and not a flying vehicle. By the time this thing flies (if ever), manned fighter planes will be obsolete and the skies will be filled with thousands of unmanned drones. Drones do not have the limitations of human frailty, so a 20G turn? no problem, 24 hour missions? sure, multiple in flight refueling? easy. Crashed drone? no need for a rescue mission, just unpack another from it's crate and turn it on.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Rasheed

      It really does look like a toy, but I youtubed it and there seem to be some flight videos that don't seem fake, but they're not english, so not sure what they're saying. Could be a donation of something the russians or koreans decided not to use, or made to use as a drone. Pakistanis also made hundreds of jets from Saab engines, but they don't seem to be war-worthy either.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wynter

    All that is missing are the "booth babes" to show of this prop.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    We are taking them lightly,soon we will see another china in the area,wake up.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard

    Guys..am I mistaken, but the ID logo on the planes wing is red white and blue. Is it me, or does that look like the UK's aircraft logo?

    February 11, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    perhaps it's just the lighting...

    February 11, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. tonyl

    Does this thing actually fly? Maybe not for long.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Malik

    Its more like Ahmadinajad( and pls do not insult the monkey) himself went to space LOL, and yes even if you know nothing about physics, you will know that for a plane to take off it needs wings much larger than this toy has

    February 11, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim908

      Not that I support this silly toy, but that's not necessarily true. Supersonic aircraft do not generate the pressure differential to cause lift in quite the same way as a traditional cambered airfoil you would see on a commercial airliner or a cessna, so the "effective" planform area is larger than just the wings themselves

      That being said the fixed canards on this thing are ridiculous.

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

    "I just pooped my pants" = Tu shal-va-ram reedaam!

    February 11, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. TKJ

    Ohhh...I want one!!! I bet you it will blow up just like the ones in cartoon GI Joe.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scott

    I have seen better looking plastic scale models of aircraft from Tamiya, Hasawaga, Testors, Italeri, and Revell/Monogram. I doubt if they could get into the air and come back down in one piece. They look like suicide planes whose intent is to kill the helpless pilots trapped inside the death traps. Please Iran, spend your money on toys like this one, instead of on the needs of your people! Maybe the Iranian people will become so disgusted with the morons in charge, there will be an internal change of government.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. angrymonkey41

    If they have fighter planes from Gi Joe, can Cobra hover-tanks be far behind?

    H-O-V-E-R-T-A-N-K-S. We are doomed.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. atd2005nyc

    Does it fly?

    February 11, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    I remember the good old days of the cold war.. The US used to keep it's aircraft locked away in hangars, but the Soviets used to trot out all it's best working aircraft to the flight line during the day so the US satellites would see them, while all the broken down stuff was hidden away. We didn't fall for that either.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Al

    My kids have planes made by MatchBox that are more likely to fly that this piece of junk. Next thing they come out with will be their "Stealth Paper Airplane Fighter Jet" with the optional paper clip in front for increased stability

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