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. Larry

    I've seen better flying carpets!! Sim Salabim!!

    February 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kevin

    That`s just a ground target, I don`t see it getting off the ground unless it`s blown up

    February 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tom LI

    Looks like an old 38 special could shoot it down. Blam! Blam!

    One down.

    February 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jefnvk

    Just out of curiosity, why is it a domestically manufactured plane for a domestic air force have writing in English?

    February 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Translator

      Danger is actually the Iranian word for "Duct Tape"

      February 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CatSh

    Ah Ha!!
    NOW we know what they did with the drone they captured!

    February 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. k

    im an expert jet observer, and from looking at pictures and reading ur article, I will join in with CNN and agree that this jet sucks. nevermind whats in it.


    February 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RG

    Responding to David Cenciotti, size of pilot. This aircraft is actually meant to be flown by the second monkey that did not go into space not a human pilot.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. floridasboy

    FAKE! Those people have to be very stupid to believe anyone above the age of 7 would think it could fly... or even taxi around! The engine is made of cardboard. lol. And look at the building... they're in a livestock auction barn. The smell of sheep dung is still in the air....

    February 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • behonest

      .lol... if not the plane, at least "something" is actually IN the air! lol

      February 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • KapnKhaos

      Sheep dung? that's the smell of love in Iran...

      February 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. devils advocate

    I am surprised no one noticed and/or commented on the lack of a HUD.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cmiller

    Look at #6... There is no way the canopy lid provides an air-tight seal at all...Look at the base where the canopy would rest against. 40+ MPH and it would rip right off the presumably plastic hinges.
    Also, where are the jet intakes? Am I to assume that 1 sqft area behind the canopy is the intake? (I guess that's all the thrust you'd need to push a 1000lb plastic jet to a hundred miles an hour...right into the dirt at the end of the runway.)
    And, why no picture of the complex mechanism for vectored thrust? (Because there are no engines in there!)

    February 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Mama

    LOL come on how can anybody defend this thing after looking at those pics? Seriously have you people ever been near an airplane and looked at it? This literally isn't rocket science.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TomThumb

    I think we are going about this in the wrong way. I think we should be praising them for what they have instead of telling them how to fix all the things that are wrong. Let's not give than any more help than we already have.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pander Bear

    I built better airplanes when I was eleven years old.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. canuck_in_ca

    The back of the instrument is funny looking. You would get massive glare off that gray box. And no HUD. How is the pilot supposed to shoot at anything?

    February 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ed

    Yeah...but if Congress doesn't get the budget straight, we'll be flying those ourselves. They can't be more than 50 bucks each.....right?

    February 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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