Date Added: May 6, 2003
When an e-mail chain letters contains photographs, there is the potential for misinformation on two separate levels. Both the image and the accompanying story can be altered or completely made up. In this case, we have a fictional story built around a doctored photograph.
Thought you would enjoy this! [photo] It is a Great photo of an Air Force training squadron flying in a never-done-before "USA" formation over the control tower "Taj Mahal" (HQ building) of Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Pray for all our young men and women serving our country and going into danger that we might preserve our Freedom.
And pray for wisdom for our leaders.
Randolph Air Force Base officials deny that any such fly-by has occurred... at least not recently.
The first lie in the story above is the claim that this is a "never-done-before USA formation. In fact, the image above is a digitally manipulated recreation of a real fly-by that occurred in 1934 and featured 37 bi-planes and was performed as part of the film "West Point of the Air." An officer's club mural in Randolf AFB features a recreation of that event.
The image was likely created by someone with the 435th Flying Training Squadron, though no culprit has yet been identified. There will likely be no formal punishment for the creator, beyond a good scolding. Randolph officials have received daily calls and e-mails about the photo since it surfaced on the Internet. Break this chain.