US did not put Chinese balloon sticker on F-22 fighter jet

Updated on 08/02/2023 at 09:33

A doctored photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple social media posts falsely claiming it shows a US F-22 fighter jet that was decorated with a balloon sticker soon after the United States shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon that Beijing claimed had veered off course. But reverse image searches found that in 2020 the US Edwards Air Force Base shared the original photo of the jet, which does not have a balloon sticker. The same unedited photo has circulated on other websites since 2020.