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Viral Video Of Fighter Jet Performing Stunts Is Not A Rafale

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Viral Video Of Fighter Jet Performing Stunts Is Not A Rafale

Fighter Jet performing stunts is actually a remote controlled Turbine Jet F-16 QQ

 

A video of an aircraft shared on WhatsApp and Facebook through multiple posts claims that it is a Rafale fighter plane, part of the deal between India and France. The 2 minute 50-second video shows the plane doing all kinds of stunts in the air, especially towards the end where its seen standing upright on the track.

 

BOOM searched the video online and found that claim is false. The aircraft is actually remote controlled turbine jet F-16 QQ which can be ordered online.

 

We checked social media to check the virality of the false claim and found several posts on Facebook that went back to the month of April this year.

 

 

 

 

A similar video with the same claim of it being a Rafale fighter jet was available on YouTube. BOOM used Its URL to get keyframes using Invid. After getting the keyframes, we searched a few images via video tool Yandex and found the same video on YouTube dated August, 2016 by Flex Innovations.

 

 

 

BOOM checked the video and found out that though it is an aircraft, it is not a normal sized aircraft.

 

 

Searching for F-16 QQ on Google, we came to the website of Flex Innovations ,  a company working on building aircraft control systems, toys and  electronics, where the aircraft was available to be ordered with all the specifications mentioned below it. The description of the post also mentions that the turbine jet is modified by one of the founders, Quique Somenzini.

 

 

Even the social media posts carrying the video had the logo of Flex Innovations on the aircraft’s tail.

 

 

Krutika Kale is BOOM's video producer and works on stories through the intelligent use of images, text, and video. She is also the producer of our flagship show Fact Vs Fiction.

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