Washington, D. C. -
Dozens of prototypes of the newest and most-expensive US weapon ever built, the F-35 fighter jet, were grounded Tuesday after a still-unexplained engine fire in Florida, the Pentagon said.
Soon after photos of China's new J-31 stealth fighter were posted to Chinese social media with news that a test flight had taken place at the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation airfield, video purporting to show the fighter in its maiden flight was released.
Similarities to a stock photo and the photo released by the Iranian government are illustrated.
The Shenyang J-31 airborne
The US Defense Department plans to eventually own more than 2,000 of these F-35 fighter planes, shown here landing after a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, and sell hundreds to allies.
Sr. Airman Julius Delos Reyes-US Air Force/Wikimedia Commons
No seams or rivets can be seen on the stealth fighter Iran claims to manufactured.
Seams can be clearly seen on the U.S. Stealth Fighter.
The Shenyang J-31
The lighting on the plane in both pictures appear to be identical.
Photo of the Iranian stealth fighter flying over Mount Damavand are remarkably similar to a stock photo of the mountain.