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. Jon

    "Our toys are better than your toys! Our toys kill way more people than your toys!"

    I love w=how childish our governments are. They are like little kids on a playground. Hilarious. That's why these wars never end. They are too stupid and childish to stop fighting each other.

    "But he did it first!!!!!! Whaaaaaa!!!!"

    February 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    I'll believe it when they show video of it in flight.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mairito

    is that from TOYS R US ?

    February 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CNeder

    It's amazing, the Iranians are following their president around a fake airplane pretending that it's real. They have so much in common with the POTUS's followers.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    One would think this is for domestic consumption, rather than trying to fool the international community. I am sure that Iran is under no illusions that this will fool aviation engineers, or Western governments. This looks so fake, however, that one would think that it has to be questioned in Iran, as well. Also, how hard is it to figure out the money was different? It is so poorly done, it just seems pathetic, to the point of why do they bother.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CLE post

    Did I see the word "ACME" stamped on the bottom?

    February 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CLE post

    A cartoon fighter from a cartoon government. What else would you expect?

    February 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AL

    Image 6. The device in front of the pilot looks like the back end of a car stereo. No matter what it actually is, exposed wires that look like they can accidentally and easily be pulled out is not what you want in a combat vehicle. Those should have been covered with something...even plastic.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmparr

      Either a car stereo, or an old cd disc drive from a desktop pc. either way. poorly made. Where' the head's up display, or is there just a crosshair painted on the canopy at eye level??

      February 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dman

    Even if the thing works, how many do they have, and who is flying them? Seriously. People like Amanutjob think they can scare the world with a few weapons. Does he understand how many weapons the Us, Europe, Russia, China, etc. have.

    February 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rogue

    Picture #6... "Hey Moe... where's the steering wheel on this thing"

    February 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • acdc

      Doesn't need one...It's under mind control. LOL

      February 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cmparr

    Clint Eastwood gonna steal this one in Firefox 2?

    February 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Phil

    Everyone seems to be missing the point. Militant politicians in Washington like McCain and Graham now have justification to fund another multi-hundred billion dollar boondoggle like the F-35 so they can make the Lockheed Martin CEO (who is paid 400X the average employee) even richer! For goodness, sake smell the roses.

    February 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • His panic

      I get it!

      February 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. His panic


    I'm going to the attic to get my old slingshot and my BB gun caliber .17 because my son got the Airsoft.

    February 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Singularity0

    Pilot to ImaDinnerjacket: "DON'T SNEEZE! It might fall apart!"

    Seriously, I think Pic#6 would make a good meme. lol

    February 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nomercy101

    toys R us sells these planes to children for ages 1 thru 5, what a joke, I could take this plane down by throwing a shoe at it.

    February 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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