Claim: “आकाश से लेकर समुद्र तक आर्मी ही आर्मी. जय हिन्द.”
Translation: “From the skies to the sea, only army, and army. Jai Hind.”
The video claiming that the Indian Air Force flew into the skies making the Indian Tricolour has gone viral on social media. It has been shared, as the Indian Army, Airforce and the Navy paid a tribute to the Coronavirus in the country on May 3, 2020.
The video was shared widely over social media, this particular post has over 860+ shares,
The video was widely shared over Facebook,
The video was also viral a couple of months back in Italy, claiming that the Italian Air Force, did an airshow making the Italian Flag to lift up the spirits of the people of Italy, due to Coronavirus.
The Italian airforce gives a big emotional lift to their nation with Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma (let no one sleep)and where lyrics say venceremos(we will overcome)they have their planes dramatically facing and overpowering the single plane (virus) with their National Flag! pic.twitter.com/uL3Qv5GHmK
— Kathleen (@SisKathleen) March 13, 2020
Donald Trump also shared the video on his Twitter profile on March 14, 2020, captioning it as, “THE UNITED STATES LOVES ITALY!”
Joining the trail was also Shashi Tharoor, who tweeted the same with the screenshots of video with an article, on March 15, 2020. He captioned it as,
“Itay is paralyzed by the coronavirus, but the Italian Air Force put on a magnificent show to defy the ravages of #COVID19: extra.ie/2020/03/14/mus Magnifico, signore!”
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 15, 2020
Daily Mail also put out the video on their website. The entire article can be read here.
The video is originally from the Jesolo Air Show 2019, in Italy. Jesolo Air Show is an event in Italy, where people gather together to watch the Air Forces displaying their strengths. The event gathers more than half a million people.
The video is a demonstration done by the ‘Frecce Tricolori’ done in the same airshow.
According to by the article by the ‘Italy Magazine, the ‘Freece Tricolori’, or the ‘Tricolour Arrows’, officially known as the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico, Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN) Frecce Tricolori, is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force, founded in 1961.
The Italian Airforce posted this video on Twitter, and Instagram ( here ) on March 11, 2020, a day after the coronavirus quarantine started, to encourage the Italian people to “join forces”.
Their post, originally captioned in Italian, says: “Unity and teamwork have always been the principles on which our Armed Force is based and, at this moment more than ever, are fundamental. So, as the Frecce Tricolori have always done ‘let’s team up’ let’s join forces, together we’ll make it!”.
L’unità e il lavoro di squadra sono da sempre i principi su cui si fonda la nostra Forza Armata e, in questo momento più che mai, sono fondamentali.
Ed allora, come fanno da sempre le @FrecceTricolori ‘facciamo squadra’ 💪🏻, uniamo le forze 🏋🏻, insieme ce la faremo 🇮🇹! pic.twitter.com/s7tzRnD8Nl
— Aeronautica Militare (@ItalianAirForce) March 11, 2020
As the video went viral. The Italian Air Force spoke to Reuters, confirming that the video was recorded on September 15, 2019, during the Jesolo Air Show.
The original video can be seen below.
The display video of the Frecce Tricolori, went viral in 2019 the claims, that, “India’s Independence day celebrated at Trafalgar Square, London with Tricolor in the sky.”
Factcheck revealed that there was a celebration of the Italian Republic Day on the 2nd of June every year at the Italian Parliament, popularly knows as ‘Piazza Venezia’ that features Italy’s Frecce Tricolori – the largest aerobatics display team in the world.
Therefore, it is established that the video is neither of the Indian Air Force paying tribute to the Coronawarriors in India nor did Italy put out an air show to lift the spirits of the Italians, it has to be noted that the Italian AirForce reshared the video so that people are motivated during these tough times and stay strong. The video is originally from an airshow from 2019.