First it was monkeys in space (or not) and now it‚Äôs ‚ÄúGI Joe‚ÄĚ fighter jets. Not the best of times for Iran‚Äôs aviation and aerospace programs, at least if you listen to the skeptics.
First there were doubts about Tehran‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThis aircraft looks a lot like an old GI Joe toy,‚ÄĚ wrote one blogger.
And from another, ‚ÄúThis has to be a joke, right?‚ÄĚ
Click through the gallery above to see the bloggers' comments and evidence in the photos.