Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 20 Warplanes Escorting Nancy Pelosi's Plane During 2022 Taiwan Visit -- It's 2020 Naval Exercise

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 20 Warplanes Escorting Nancy Pelosi's Plane During 2022 Taiwan Visit -- It's 2020 Naval Exercise Wrong Video

Does this video show 20 warplanes escorting U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plane during her visit to Taiwan on August 2, 2022? No, this daytime video is from U.S. Naval Air Forces exercises in the Philippine Sea in 2020, according to a media officer with the U.S. Naval Air Forces. Pelosi arrived in Taiwan at night aboard a U.S. passenger jet at Taipei's International Airport.

The video appears embedded in a Facebook post on August 3, 2022, under the title "A bunch of Globalists BullShit right here."

It also said:

'Nancy Pelosi.' 20 Warplanes were escorting 'Nancy Pelosi's' plane including US fighter jets. US air force authorized to open fire in case of any Chinese interference on the plane carrying 'Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan '(See the video).


This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Aug 11 20:18:23 2022 UTC)

These nighttime videos by the Associated Press and Reuters show Pelosi walking down the steps of the aircraft that took her to Taiwan on August 2, 2022, and being greeted by Taiwan's foreign minister along with other Taiwanese and American officials.

In response to a query by Lead Stories, Ensign Bryan N. Blair, a media officer with the U.S. Naval Air Forces command, wrote in an email on August 9, 2022:

Turns out the video is from exercise Valiant Shield 2020.

Blair provided this link to a similar video taken by Senior Chief Petty Officer Barry Hirayama on July 26, 2020.

He also provided this link to a photograph taken on September 25, 2020, by Petty Officer 2nd Class Codie Soule.

The photo and video are on the site of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), under the U.S. Department of Defense, which provides news, images, audio, video and publications from military operations around the world.

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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