City uses Russian jet ahead of Super Bowl flyover — Analysis

Contrary Santa Monica, no MiG-29 fighter was featured at Super Bowl flyover

Advertising the flyover of the US Air Force’s demonstration team during Sunday’s Super Bowl game, the California city of Santa Monica used a stock photo of a Russian MiG-29 jet, prompting widespread mockery on Twitter. 

The National Football League’s (NFL), events include military pageantry. The final game is usually preceded in part by USAF and Navy jets flying through the air.

Sunday’s game was played in Inglewood, where the home-field Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals on their home turf. 

Santa Monica, a nearby city, alerted residents about the flyover approximately half an hour before it happened. Unfortunately, the person in charge of the city’s Twitter account chose to illustrate the announcement with a stock photo of the MiG-29, a Russian fighter jet very much not in service with any branch of the US military.

Users on Twitter who are keenly observant quickly rated the replies. pointing outImagine if you could actually spot such a plane flying over Santa Monica. “a state of war”And urgingAnyone can alert the Air Force to any sightings of one.

“C’mon people… we’re talking Santa Monica!” one user jested. “That USED to be a Russian MiG (and most of us still think it is) but it now self-identifies as a F-35 Lightning, so the joke’s on all y’all!!”

Half an hour after the actual flyover, there were no MiG-29s visible in the skies. Instead, they were spotted in the sky. USAFEach of F-35 and F-22 fighters as well as an A-10 air attack plane were flown. A P-51D from WWII was also used as a flying point.

This is not the first time in recent years that stock images of Russian planes – and even ships – have been used in social media messaging referring to the US military. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, (NCIS), used an image of a Russian Cruiser in its October 20, 2021 birthday card.

Even NCIS, which should know better, can’t seem to tell Russian warships from US Navy ones

A member of Congress was criticized for using the exact same photo as the Navy in his birthday card, but from a different angle, two years before.

In September 2021, the NCIS also wished the USAF happy birthday with the silhouettes of Russian Su-34 jets – just like the US Southern Command had. In April 2018, a US senator also wished happy birthday to the Air Force Reserve using an image featuring Russian aircraft.

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