Was Nancy Pelosi forced to fly to Taiwan under heavy US fighter and ship escort?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Nancy Pelosi Flew To Taiwan Under US Fighter + Ship Escort!
People are sharing a video which claims to show Nancy Pelosi flying to Taiwan under heavy US fighter and ship escort! Here are some comments accompanying the video :
Retired Pakistani Brigadier Ashfaq Hassan also shared the video, claiming that the US Air Force was authorised to shoot at Chinese aircraft or warships interfering with her flight.
Truth : Nancy Pelosi Did Not Fly To Taiwan Under US Fighter / Ship Escort!
This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and WhatsApp groups, and here are the reasons why….
Fact #1 : Nancy Pelosi’s Flight Had No US Escort
Nancy Pelosi flew from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Taipei, Taiwan aboard a Boeing C-40C – the military version of the Boeing 737 airliner, operated by the US Air Force.
Her flight with the callsign SPAR19 flew to Taipei without US fighter or warship escort, but was met by Taiwanese fighter escorts on entering Taiwanese airspace.
Fact #2 : Video Was Recorded At Valiant Shield 2020
The video was recorded on September 25, 2020 – just over two years ago, and had nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi, or Taiwan.
If you watch the official Valiant Shield 2020 video, you will see the same aircraft fly over the same ships at around 1:39. Here was the official description of the aircraft flyover :
In this screenshot, you can see the same 3 flights of aircraft flying over the same warships in Valiant Shield 2020.
Fact #3 : US Air Force Won’t Send A Bomber As Escort
The lead aircraft in the flyover has a very distinctive shape. Any military buff will immediately identify it as a Rockwell B-1B Lancer.
The US Air Force would never send the B-1B, because it’s a supersonic heavy bomber, and useless as an escort aircraft.
Fact #4 : P-8 Poseidon Is An ASW Aircraft
The aircraft that looked like a Boeing 737 is actually a P-8 Poseidon, which is based on the 737-800ERX.
It is an anti-submarine warfare aircraft, and is most certainly not a passenger transport aircraft like the Boeing C-40C.
Fact #5 : US Air Force Was Not Authorised To Open Fire
Retired Ashfaq Hassan falsely claimed that the US Air Force was authorised to open fire in case of Chinese interference with Nancy Pelosi’s flight.
It is such an absurd claim, because either party shooting at each other would have been considered an act of war.
In past confrontations, Chinese aircraft have only limited themselves to buzzing other aircraft and dumping chaff into their engines. No one ever fired a shot, because that would have led to an outbreak of war.
Fact #6 : China Sent 10 Observers To Valiant Shield 2020
Interestingly, the Chinese are well-aware that this video is from Valiant Shield 2020, because that was the first time they were invited to observe the exercise.
China sent a 10-person delegation, including one high-ranking officer each from its Navy, Army and Air Force to observe Valiant Shield 2020.
Chinese Rear Admiral Zhang Leiyu – the leader of this delegation, even called it “a positive step in China-US military ties”.
Fact #7 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda
This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).
All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.
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