Stand up for the facts!

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.

More Info

I would like to contribute

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets are seen during the Fort Lauderdale Air Show at Fort Lauderdale Beach on May 8, 2021. (AP Images) The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets are seen during the Fort Lauderdale Air Show at Fort Lauderdale Beach on May 8, 2021. (AP Images)

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets are seen during the Fort Lauderdale Air Show at Fort Lauderdale Beach on May 8, 2021. (AP Images)

Noah Y. Kim
By Noah Y. Kim May 27, 2021

Image of Blue Angels performing the “Hand of God” is an illustration, not a photograph

If Your Time is short

• The image is a piece of digital art, not a photograph. ​

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squadron, can do backflips, 720-degree rolls, loops and other sensational aerobatic feats at speeds up to 1,000 mph

Social media users shared an image that purports to show the squadron performing a maneuver called the "Hand of God," which depicts five planes curving in different directions to create a smoke trail resembling a giant hand. 

"The Blue Angels perform the ‘Hand of God,’" reads the caption above the image. 

Featured Fact-check

The Blue Angels really do perform a maneuver called the "Hand of God," which resembles the image. But the image being shared on social media is actually a piece of digital art, not a photograph.

It was created by Kiev-based artist Alexander Zienko, who posted it to the online art gallery Deviant Art on March 9, 2015. Zienko’s original artwork doesn’t reference the Blue Angels. 

The image shows a piece of digital art. It is not an actual image of the Blue Angels performing the hand of God maneuver, as the post says. We rate this post False. ​

Our Sources

Browse the Truth-O-Meter

More by Noah Y. Kim

Image of Blue Angels performing the “Hand of God” is an illustration, not a photograph

Support independent fact-checking.
Become a member!

In a world of wild talk and fake news, help us stand up for the facts.

Sign me up