FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A B-2 Bomber Arriving In Poland?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims to show an American B-2 bomber arriving in Poland as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict continues.

Verdict: False

The video shows a B-2 bomber landing in England, not Poland. The footage also dates to 2020.

Fact Check:

Poland has provided Ukraine with hundreds of tanks and other armored vehicles, according to Oryx. Polish officials have reportedly spoken to U.S. officials about sharing atomic weapons, though the U.S. has repeatedly stated they had no plans to deploy such weapons, Bloomberg reported.

The Facebook video claims to show a B-2 landing in Poland. The claim also received over 40,000 views on Twitter. (RELATED: Does This Image Show A Destroyed Russian Tank?)

“For the first time in history, an American bomber B-2 🚀Northrop B-2 Spirit arrived in Poland – an American heavy stealth strategic bomber. This aircraft can carry 16 cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. Combat load up to 27,000 kg,” the tweet reads.

The video is not recent and does not take place in Poland. A reverse image search found the video on YouTube from October 2020. titled,”B-2 ‘Spirit of Washington’ landing at RAF Fairford UK.” RAF stands for Royal Air Force.

“Filmed by me on arrival at RAF Fairford UK on deployment from the USA,” the YouTube’s video description reads. Check Your Fact geolocated the video to RAF Fairford using Google Earth.

The video is likely from March 2020. The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service stated that a B-2 bomber flew to RAF Fairford in March 2020 to support Task Force Europe. The Daily Mail also reported in March 2020 that a B-2 bomber arrived at the airbase.

Misinformation around the conflict has circulated on social media since February. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim showing Russian Patriarch Kirill advising citizens “not to fear death” amid mobilization.

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