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The first sign that your new "stealth fighter jet" might just be an elaborate hoax meant to scare the Great Satan? You designate it an "F" for fighter, which is the English term for ... um ... fighter. Then, instead of using the Arabic alphabet so people in your country can read it, you put a big letter "F" in the Latin script on the side of "plane" so only outsiders can.

The only problem? The Great Satan isn't buying any of it:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world...

But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.”

Kind of makes you wonder what else the Iranians are faking?

Posted by: Rusty at 11:43 AM


1 "Qaher"? Is that Persian for "queer"?

Posted by: Rob Crawford at February 08, 2013 11:58 AM

2 Manned fighter planes are becoming obsolete because the same results can be achieved stealth drones without endangering a human pilot. But in Islam people are not precious and be disposed of with the promise of perpetual fornication in Islam's whorehouse in the sky.

Posted by: john spielman at February 08, 2013 11:59 AM

3 Isn't that a model from some old TV show?

Posted by: Kafiroon at February 08, 2013 12:39 PM

4 F is for....

Farce, Fake, Fraud, Fabricate, Fictitious, Flimflam, False, Fool, Farsi, Fucked

Posted by: DMartyr at February 08, 2013 12:48 PM

5 I knew something was fishy when I saw the canards were aligned with the mainplane and didn't even move; it makes no sense to have canards at all unless they're actual control surfaces, if you're getting pitch with elevons then the canardss mainplane would just be blended to form one songle lifting surface...otherwise you get unnecessary darg you could otherwise do without.

In other words; a freshmen at Embry-Riddle could do a better job than these people. Do Iranians marry their cousins over successive generations like the other Saracens? If so that would help explain some things.

Posted by: َQalb Al-Assad at February 08, 2013 01:10 PM

6 "canards and mainplane would be blended to form one single lifting surface"

...sorry for they typos.

Posted by: َQalb Al-Assad at February 08, 2013 01:13 PM

7 Who cares about the Iranian fake plane when they are developing nukes? Most people consider the Iranian nuclear weapons program very real, a matter of when not if.

Posted by: Mark at February 08, 2013 01:43 PM

8 It looks like it will start rocking gently if you put a quarter innit.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at February 08, 2013 02:40 PM

9 Pathetic. There are hundreds of amateur aircraft designers on the web who routinely design better than that. This just shows the Iranians cannot even fantasise effectively. Are those meant to be wingkets? What kind of engine could propel that with intakes so tiny?
If only their nukes were fake too!

Posted by: Axel at February 08, 2013 03:53 PM

10 I think its sad that apart from all the other terrible things that regime has done they are making the Persian people into a laughing stock. I have a dear Persian friend and although I might thinkfor the safety of her relatives in Tehran (when the shit eventually hits the fan) what enters my mind more is the embarrassment of crap like that.

Posted by: Axel at February 08, 2013 03:57 PM

11 A finely built model, no glue marks or paint runs. Show quality, indeed!

Posted by: mikeh420 at February 08, 2013 05:51 PM

12 Thanks Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder for that one, I almost spit my coffee all over the keyboard.

I does look like a cool kiddie ride.

Posted by: mikeh420 at February 08, 2013 05:56 PM

13 #10 Axel, you infidel, Allah will propel it, unless Ahmadickhead finds some dilithium crystals.

Posted by: Mark at February 08, 2013 05:56 PM

14 Hey, it's powered by rainbows. Just like buraqs. Exactly the thing for a quick trip to rockmosk.

Posted by: EROWMER at February 08, 2013 06:24 PM

15 Look at those wheels. Then think of landing at 170 MPH on them. That ain't going to happen but once.

Posted by: Frank at February 08, 2013 06:30 PM

16 @15. Exactly Frank. My ride on mower has a sturdier undercarriage than that. Note there are not only no rams to retract the rear gear with, there is also no where to retract it to. Check the tiny doors that are supposed to allow the gear to retract to.... where? And as someone else noted, those intake ducts are ridiculously small, especially given the tiny wing area would mean huge engines would be needed to get it flying. There are also no mounting points for armaments and no openings for guns. And it is finished in a high gloss finish, just what you need for avoiding radar or visual sightings (/sarc)

Posted by: The Realist of Queensland at February 08, 2013 08:11 PM

17 Non Muslims will never be able to comprehend the technical aspects of this great achievement. They think Iranians copy the antiquated projects of the non Muslim world. This is new science. Given by Allah to true believers. Why would he give such a great knowledge to unbelievers? Only those that adhere to the teachings of Mohammed (Peace be upon him) are deserving of such great things. What an infidel believes means nothing as they will all go to hell. This is an instrument of God to help send them there.

Posted by: AMO at February 09, 2013 05:58 AM

18 AMO your searing irony risks getting you Droned!
Irony? You are just reperating what they really would say!

Posted by: Axel at February 09, 2013 08:36 AM

19 @AMO,

Yeah, that's why your True Believers are only able to thrive when they come to the Dar al Harb. And regarding that "New Science", there is nothing new or scientific about the Muslim World. It's the same old Najis.

Know Islam, Know Violence
No Islam, No Violence

Posted by: mikeh420 at February 09, 2013 12:56 PM

20 You don't have to be an aviation expert. All you have to do is look closely at the 'fit and finish' of that plane and the last drone photos they put out to see that they are parading out something that has been mocked up with no more skill than a neighborhood car body shop.

I've seen R/C planes built far better.

Posted by: TimO at February 09, 2013 04:06 PM

21 Allah does marvelous things. Those who don't understand this cannot possibly understand how he makes the impossible possible. Such is the lot of the unbeliever. Study the teaching of the holy Quran for knowledge. Allah makes this possible to the faithful. This plane will be an instrument to defeat those that attack Islam. Why else would he create a flying machine of such beauty. Allah is most compassionate. But not forever.

Posted by: Amo Al Husa at February 09, 2013 06:13 PM

22 "what else the Iranians are faking?"

Iranian women have been faking orgasms for almost 35 years.

Posted by: zimriel at February 09, 2013 06:47 PM

23 If I saw that out front of the Piggly-Wiggly, I'd be looking for a slot to stick a quarter in....

Posted by: Steve at February 09, 2013 08:31 PM

24 So Iran is upto Official Lie #313

Unofficial lies are thousands of times that at least.

Posted by: tifdarpz at February 10, 2013 12:53 AM

25 I hear they claim they can fly it to the sun.

How without burning it up ? They do it at night....

Posted by: tifdarpz at February 10, 2013 12:55 AM

26 I KNEW I'd seen that plane somewhere before!


Posted by: Socratease at February 10, 2013 01:57 AM

27 It probably is a fake, but I don't think that the fact that it is designated the F313 is evidence of this. In point of fact, the Roman alphabet is well known in Iran. Indeed, many Iranians can and do exchange messages in Persian written in the Roman alphabet. I have frequently seen this on Facebook. If you look at photographs of real Iranian Air Force planes, you will see that the tail number is written in Western numerals and then repeated on the nose in Person-Arabic numerals. Here's an example at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A_HESA_Saeqeh_of_IRIAF.jpg">Wikipedia</a>.

Posted by: Bill Poser at February 10, 2013 05:01 AM

28 Does it fly? One sorry monkey will have to find out the hard way.

Posted by: Micke at February 11, 2013 02:17 PM

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