Fact Check: Old Unrelated Video Shared As Mid-Air Refuelling Of Rafale Jets

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that a viral video shows mid-air refuelling of Rafale fighter jets on its way to India.

India   |   1 Aug 2020 11:09 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-08-01T16:48:53+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Old Unrelated Video Shared As Mid-Air Refuelling Of Rafale Jets

The first batch of five French Rafale fighter jets reached Haryana's Ambala to join the Indian Air Force fleet on July 29 after flying a distance of about 7,000 km. The fighter jets took off from France on July 27 and made a halt in the UAE.

In the backdrop of this, a video of mid-air refuelling of a jet is being circulated on social media platforms with the claim that the video was shot from inside of one of the Rafale jets headed for India.

"Mid-air refuelling of Rafale Fighter Jets on their way to India," reads the caption of one such post.

Bollywood paparazzi photographer Viral Bhayani shared the video with the same claim. The post had garnered over 800,000 views.


Viral video shows mid-air refuelling of Rafale fighter jets on its way to India.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

A Google Reverse Image search was done by breaking the video into individual frames and using InVid.

This led to a tweet posted 2 years ago which carried the viral video. It was posted by the Brazillian Airforce authority.

According to the information mentioned in the tweet, the footage is of a Brazilian Airforce F-5 fighter jet and shows an in-flight refuelling on Brazilian Navy A-4 fighter jets.

The same video was uploaded on Youtube and in other websites in 2018.

Therefore the video is old and cannot be related to the Rafale fighter jets which reached India on July 29.

Actual Set Of Events

On their way to India, the jets were refuelled mid-air from a French tanker at a height of 30,000 feet.

The Indian Air Force had released these images:

More information on the Rafale Fighter jets can be accessed here.

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Claim Review :  Viral video shows mid-air refuelling of Rafale fighter jets on it’s way to India.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Vijay S Hegde

Vijay S Hegde

Trainee Creative Producer

"I am a creative, artistic and ambitious designer, with a talent for thinking outside the box and coming up with innovative ideas and designs. I graduated with a 1st Class honors degree in Video Editing from MAYA ACADEMY OF ADVANCED CINEMATICS"

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