Iran’s fake aircraft carrier features fake F/A-18 Hornet in Jolly Rogers livery

Apr 02 2014 - 58 Comments

Recent satellite imagery showed Tehran is building a fake U.S. aircraft. New photographs prove that Iran’s Nimitz class mock flattop hosts several (fake) planes, including some CAG birds and a Jolly Rogers F/A-18 Hornet.

Iran is not only working on a mock American aircraft carrier. New images posted on Facebook show that the USS Nimitz class ship being assembled in an Iranian shipyard on the Persian Gulf most probably for propaganda purposes (do you remember the F-313 Qaher stealth jet?) or as a movie prop, now features also some embarked planes.

Noteworthy, along with some F-5 Tiger aircraft (serving with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force but not existing in a carrier-variant) parked on the flight deck of the fake Iranian carrier there are also some fake F/A-18 Hornets.

One of the two in special color scheme sports the unique livery and markings of the legendary VFA-103 “Jolly Rogers”.

The Jolly Rogers are one of the most famous squadron in U.S. Navy. They currently fly the F/A-18F Super Hornet adorned with Ensign Jack Ernie’s skull-and-crossbones on all-black tails, their symbol and probably the most recognizable one in Naval Aviation (to such an extent you can find it in Disney’s “Planes” cartoon).

The reason for using CAG (Carrier Air Group) planes in special colors makes Iran’s mysterious aircraft carrier’s flight deck slightly more realistic but the question remains: why did Tehran spend so much money to build such a huge model?

As mentioned before, it might be a prop for an upcoming movie (about an Iranian airliner shot down by a U.S. cruiser in 1988) as reported by some media outlets; still, considering the effort in building the mock up it is also possible that the ship will serve for more military purposes: for instance testing new technologies and/or training warplanes to attack a U.S. flattop in the Persian Gulf exploiting its vulnerabilities.

In either cases, just a waste of money…

H/T Guido Olimpio for the heads-up. Image credit: IRIAF Facebook page

 

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  • R.Lopaka

    Hey They could use some REAL F-14s.

    • Kurt Cobain–RIP

      It’s supposed to be an American ac for a movie numbnuts

      • R.Lopaka

        You do know IRIAF STILL flies US F-14s?

        • Kurt Cobain–RIP

          I know that but why would they put real planes on a fake us ship ???!!!!!!!

  • Dirtay Sambo

    A super small drone with a thermite payload would probably be able to land on the aircraft carrier, deposit the payload, and take off again (all the while evading detection). Looks like the damn thing is made of wood.

    • Kurt Cobain–RIP

      Are u trying to imply that Iran made this ac to show off that they will use it for the navy ? U know that this is a movie prop right? Oh u didn’t know?

    • Phil

      yup, we already have it figured out..we’re going to drop a termite (spelling correct) bomb on this one from a UAV. Let them try and call Terminex from Iran..ooooh, the phone bill, ha, ha.

  • OR

    It might have been build for military training, testing, etc..

  • OG_Locc

    LOL. This mockup aircraft carrier is probably one of the greatest all time Iranian fails. Falling somewhere between the stealth flying boats and the Qaher 313.

    • Kurt Cobain–RIP

      R u kidding me ? This is made for a movie … U know about the incident when us shot down the civilian airliner . Get a grip

      • OG_Locc

        Yep, I’m sure it’s totally for a movie – and totally not going to be used for hilarious Iranian propaganda or anything.

        • Kurt Cobain–RIP

          The Iranians said it themselves .. It’s for a god damnn movie … Deal with it

          • OG_Locc

            The also said the Qaher 313 was a real stealth fighter – and the stealth flying boats could evade radar. LMAO

            Deal with it.

        • propaganda

          all talk about a muckup all around news from day to day.
          seems you people are propaganda people

          they did not say anything except once “its for a movie”

      • Obc

        Kurt Cobain–RIP, how can you expect people who get all their information about the world from mainstream media like Fox “news”, even to know about that incident? You expect too much.

  • Peaceforall1998

    It’s for a movie.

  • Brucinator

    Maybe, if they look real close, they’ll see a really big box marked Revell next to it…….

    • Obc

      Maybe if you look closely at media other than American mdm like Fox “news”, you’ll actually learn something.

  • C-Low

    My money says they tow it out in the Indian ocean set up some cameras and test their first nuke on it. They will do it just before the elections to fully embarrass the US and O (who is just trying to get enough time to make sure it pops on the next guys watch ala Clinton Norks). The Iranians have a self destructive tendency to cut their nose off humiliating weak dems for shorterm gain while spiting their face getting Repubs elected. Not saying the repub will do anything different once Iran is nuclear it would take a first nuclear strike to ensure the 100% destruction of any possible Iranian bombs before risking a invasion. Iran knows this we know this that is why it is before or never.

    • R.Lopaka

      Iran’s already tested their 1st nuke. In the DPRK.

      • Obc

        What is the evidence for that?

        • R.Lopaka

          Having a brain.

          • Obc

            In other words, you don’t have any.

  • ali reza

    It is for a film, get a grip people. We make some of the best films in the world by international award counts.

    • Ara Rezaee

      Sure, Sure, you make the best everything not just movies.

      This isn’t Hollywood you idiot no one makes a giant mockup of a freakin’ aircraft carrier just to blow it up for an unknown local movie (not even a big seller!) (also a 3D model would be cheaper and better). After this how ever they’ll probably use it in a movie cause it’s not good for the real reason anymore.

      • Kurt Cobain–RIP

        But Hollywood built titanic then destroyed it all for a movie u nincompoop

        • Ara Rezaee

          As I mentioned this isn’t Hollywood, second, that was in 1997 not 2014 and as I read somewhere it wasn’t a whole ship also Titanic made a billion dollars, this movie wont make a million even.

          • ali reza

            Americans and money. It is not always about money. It is about art and showing the story and fate of 299 innocent people.

        • R.Lopaka

          Titanic….Haven’t seen it. How’d that movie end?

      • ali reza

        we do have one of the best artistic cinema in the world. It is a fact; stop the sarcasm. Who says they want to blow it up?? It will not be blown up. btw what on earth can such a thing be used for ?? We scare you that much? I mean you have so much hardware and weapons I bet u cannot even keep track of ur nuclear bombs and all.

        • R.Lopaka

          “we do have one of the best artistic cinema in the world” Yes, One of the most artistic governments too. I understand each year MILLIONS of folks try to sneak into Iran!!!

          • ali reza

            irrelevant.

    • R.Lopaka

      What’s the movies name? Persian remake of Saving Nemo? Great to know Iran has enough xtra cash to build huge fake aircraft carriers.

  • Tally Ho

    I sure hope they are not planning to do their entire movie in an 1:1 scale and actually shoot down another airliner for the sake of cinematic artistry!

    • seo

      Get your facts straight, The U.S is the one that shot down an Iranian Airliner.

      • Timbers343

        you didn get it, tally hoped they are not going to shot down another airliner to make it realistic.

        • ali reza

          Actually I think they plan to use an actual plane for the shoot down as well. An old plane plus some special effect.

    • EarthView

      Talking about a stupid question, you take the prize.

  • hass

    The only thing that is “mysterious” about this is who both the US Navy and NY Times either didn’t know or didn’t bother reporting that Iran was making a move, the MOST OBVIOUS explanation, making them either stupid or evil.

  • Phil

    Reminds me of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Get a clue..the Emperor is STILL naked.
    Look closely, you can see daylight through the rear of the carrier..its hull is only a hollow prop like the outside of buildings in a wild west movie..the conning tower is just a four walled facade, and the F-5 jets on the deck, well, that’s just laughable, but the mock-up of the F/A 18 in old pre-low visibility Jolley Rodger livery is interesting, and obviously fake. Iran is wasting so much on fakery, one has to wonder about their intelligence. Guess all that sun will bake a brain afterall.

  • Phil

    Yup..must be for a movie..probably a Terrorist recruitment movie, heh, heh, heh.

    • Kurt Cobain–RIP

      The old times the Romans who were trying to conquer the world called the non Romans barbarians n themselves as stars in the night sky….. Now we’ve got the average Americans calling nyone who’s against their imperialism as terrorists or communists ……..

      • Obc

        True, Kurt Cobain–RIP.

  • P.Act

    I’m from Iran and i know this Islamic regime very well. They certainly use if for propaganda. Something like destroying it by a new China-made missiles or through an invasion by a bunch of washed-brain Basijis to claim that they can defeat the U.S Armed Forces!!! Some time like the next Day of Army or the memorial ceremony for the 8 year war.

  • analyzer

    nice way to test and implement Navy industrial capacity for building bigger or huge ship.
    seems Iranian are trying to improve fast and increase their capacity to the point that they are using muckup ship for film to their advantages.

  • oldthudman

    lolllllllllllllllll………………….The Iranians should open a comedy club………

  • Obc

    You seem to assume that everyone cares about the false dichotomy of Dems and Reps. Why? While people like you are kept distracted with that petty, stupid game, the big, two parties follow the same agenda of big business and war. Time to break out of this false dichotomy.

  • Elliot

    Yet for some reason, Iran had no problem with supporting a dictator who used chemical weapons to kill innocent civilians, in Syria. Remember Assad in 2014? Nice try. No one has to feel sorry for Iran now that they are doing the exact same thing in Syria, at least America is reducing chemical weapons this time.

    • Obc

      It is striking how those promoting American war policies only show any concern about use of chemical weapons and support of dictators, when there is an opportunity to attack countries that America is hostile to.

      Strangely, such people have nothing to say when the same is done by America and the states it supports.

      • Elliot

        That is how the world works. America supports factions it likes just like Iran supports factions it likes, no matter who gets chemical weapon-ed. America has done a good job keeping it’s allies clean of WMDs while Russia allows Assad to use them on his own people until they were forced to remove them from Syria or be embarrassed by the US for chemical weapons usage. The only reason this is not happening in America is because the country is too stable to easily influence.

  • Obc

    Or about as advanced as your knowledge can get. Iran already announced that this was built for a film.

    • Elliot

      So.

  • Elliot

    It was always clear, you just seem surprised that America is the only one that does this.

    • Obc

      No, I am surprised that anyone seriously tries to convince others that America genuinely cares about the existence of dictators and use of chemical weapons. Clearly, it does not care and is only interested in exploiting those things.

      • Elliot

        We care to a cert-en extent, America currently sanctions dictatorship run countries that have horrible human rights abuses that are not significant in politics. America cares about human rights, but the government is not going to let that stop countering influence from other countries that hate America.

        • Obc

          America just doesn’t care consistently, hence its support of the dictatorships in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

          • Elliot

            Seance when is anything consistent in the real world?

  • Obc

    Simply repeating the nuclear weapons allegations does not make them true. Evidence would and so far, it does not exist.