Iran’s Stealth Fighter Disappears

Iran's Qaher-313 stealth fighter.

Iran’s Qaher-313 stealth fighter.

TEHRAN – In a stunning development Iran’s newest stealth fighter, the Qaher-313, has been stolen directly from the flight line during tests.”We had just fueled up and were getting ready to spin up the engine,” said an incredulous Hadya Harari, chief technician for the Qaher’s flight control systems. “That’s when Mustapha ran past everyone, grabbed the airplane, and took off with it! Allah save me, I told them to keep Mustapha away because something like this would happen one day. Nobody listened.” Harari was overcome with emotion and wasn’t available for further comment.

We checked our information and found no information about a pilot named, “Mustapha.” Fortunately, Flight line Director Gadiel Bashour was present to offer an explanation. We asked if “Mustapha” was one of the regular pilots for the advanced fighter plane. “No, not that I know of. He just hangs around. He’s pretty cute and cuddly, so he’s become a favorite for the staff around here,” explained Bashour. While this was an unusual description of a highly trained combat pilot, we elected to pursue that angle at another time. Asked what steps Iran was taking to retrieve the multi-million dollar aircraft, Bashour said, “We’ve placed some open cans of tuna near the woods where he disappeared. He can’t resist the smell of the stuff. It gets him every time.”

This seemed like an unusual approach to us. A pilot flying at 20,000 feet could hardly smell a can of tuna, much less with the oxygen mask that pilots are required to wear. The question still remained regarding Mustapha’s motive for stealing the aircraft in the first place. Is he defecting? What were his plans for the plane? Bashour was non-plussed when we asked about this.”Well how should I know? I hope he’s not chewing on it. Cats do that sometimes.”

Cats?

“Well yes,” explained Bashour. “Mustapha is our squadron cat. Everybody likes him. He can be tricky sometimes so really, we should have seen this coming.”

In late January, Iran triumphantly launched a monkey into space. Apparently, a trained astronaut being unavailable. Following up with feline pilots seemed like a plausible follow on. Iran may likely be the world leader in animals with piloting skills. Although this begs the question, where are Iran’s human pilots and why aren’t they more involved in Iran’s aerospace program? We asked Bashour about Mustapha’s “pedigree” in regards to piloting advanced fighter aircraft. “I don’t know that he can fly. I’m not sure that I have the clearance for that information,” said Bashour. “All I know is that he picked the plane up and dragged it off to the woods.”

That seemed quite implausible. We checked in with Marc Caulder, Senior Analyst at the Defense Research Unit, Maryland (DRUM) to ask about the anticipated weight of the Qaher-313. “While the Qaher is surprisingly puny for a combat aircraft it still must weigh several tons at the very least,” said Caulder. “The American F-5E Tiger II is one of the lightest fighter planes in the world. It’s ‘dry weight’ is about 9,700 lbs. Almost 5 tons. The Qaher-313 must weigh about the same amount judging from the pictures released by Iran.”

American F-5E

American F-5E

How could a house cat drag a 5-ton aircraft anywhere? We mentioned that experts believed the aircraft was far to heavy to be dragged around by small animals to Bashour, and asked how this was possible. “You guys are so easily confused by the American press,” scolded Bashour.  “That’s the ‘model.’ Here, we’re dealing with the real aircraft, the one that actually flies.  We released video of it to the press. It’s heavier than we’d like, but we’ve spent months and millions of US dollars to get the weight down. With the very expensive foam we purchased from Home Depot, we’ve got the weight down to about 5 pounds,” he stated proudly.

Since our flight back to Germany, we received a phone call from Kadar Jabili, Mustapha’s primary caretaker. Mustapha has returned from the woods, but there is little sign of the Qaher-313 except for some pieces of foam and a rubber wheel. Asked if tuna really was Mustapha’s food of choice, Jabili said, “oh he’ll eat anything as long as it smells fishy.”
Alleged thief of the Qaher-313

Alleged thief of the Qaher-313

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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1 Response to Iran’s Stealth Fighter Disappears

  1. julie mc says:

    Any word on Mustafa’s relationship status? Hallie’s looking for a big, strong tom with a rebellious attitiude. hehe.

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