This video shows a flyover performance by the Italian Air Force on Republic Day in Rome
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a claim it shows a farewell performance in France for Dassault Rafale fighter jets that were sent to the Indian Air Force in July 2020. The claim is false; the video shows a performance by the Italian Air Force to mark Republic Day in the Italian capital of Rome.
The 18-second video was published on Facebook here on August 18, 2020.
The post’s caption reads: “Everyone talked about #Rafale landing in India but see the farewell from France with Indian tricolour.”
The post circulated days after several French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets arrived in India as part of a major contract with the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF published photos of their arrival here.
The claim, however, is false.
A reverse image search of keyframes extracted from the video found it shows the Altare della Patria, an Italian national monument in Rome.
The tricolour smoke trail -- which creates the green, white and red Italian flag -- over the Altare della Patria is an annual performance by the Italian Air Force during the country's Republic Day on June 2.
#2giugno #FestaDellaRepubblica le @FrecceTricolori suggellano momento della deposizione della corona alloro al Milite Ignoto da parte Presidente Repubblica Sergio #Mattarella. Presenti Ministro Difesa Trenta e #CapoSMD Gen. Vecciarelli @MinisteroDifesa @Quirinale @SM_Difesa pic.twitter.com/PZcK5CKnGq— Aeronautica Militare (@ItalianAirForce) June 2, 2019
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading posts (L) and the Italian Air Force footage of the 2019 tricolour flyover (R):