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Monique Curet
By Monique Curet February 15, 2022

Footage is from video game, does not show actual Air Force One aircraft

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The footage is from a video game and does not depict actual events. 

A video that’s garnered more than 47,000 views on social media misleads with its headline.

"President Biden's Air Force One pilot got fired after this vertical take off," says the headline  on the Feb. 9 video posted on Facebook.

The 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.)

The footage is from a video game and does not depict actual events.

The video was posted by a Facebook user who identifies himself as a gaming video creator. The "about" section of his Facebook page says his videos are for entertainment purposes and are made using flight simulators.

We did not locate any news reports indicating that an Air Force One pilot had been fired.

Comments on the video indicate that many people knew it was not really Air Force One, some questioned whether it was real, and at least one Facebook user appeared to think it was true.

"No. Commander in chief arm forces. He shouldn't have to lose his job because of that, maybe those are the kinds of pilots that we need in the air, ready at all times," one comment said.

The 10-minute video begins with the aircraft pulling back from the terminal, where other planes are parked. But Air Force One never parks at a terminal, because it has to be able to take off quickly if needed, according to reports. Around the 6-minute mark in the video, the simulated plane takes off vertically, as the headline says.

The plane depicted in the video also does not match the real Air Force One aircraft. For example, the simulated plane shows two vertical stabilizers, each emblazoned with an American flag, while the real Air Force One has a single vertical stabilizer with one American flag.

We rate the claim that President Biden's Air Force One pilot got fired after a vertical take off Pants on Fire!

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