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- The U.S. Defense Department says this is false.
- U.S. military aircraft don’t shoot flares unless it’s for a defensive maneuver.
- “Angel Flight” isn’t an official military term.
An image of what looks like a plane shooting flares mid-flight so that it appears adorned with angel’s wings is again being shared on social media with old misinformation.
"This is the plane that brings our dead military home," one Facebook post says. "It is made so that when they shoot their salute for their service it looks like an angel carrying them home. Their call sign is angel flight and they have priority in US air space."
But this is wrong.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Facebook post, May 29, 2021
Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Factsheet: Dignified transfer mission, April 23, 2020
Snopes, Do ‘Angel Flights’ release flare salutes for fallen soldiers?, May 30, 2017
Wall Street Journal, How we bury the war dead, May 29, 2010
Email interview with the Office of the Secretary of Defense public affairs duty officer, June 7, 2021
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