Claim: Photograph shows a formation of jets spelling out ‘USA’ over Randolph Air Force Base.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2002]
Origins: Randolph Air Force Base,
located just outside of San Antonio, Texas, may be the “Showplace of the Air Force,” an Air Education and Training Command site where innumerable pilots (and pilot instructors) have been trained as members of the world’s premier air force, but this photograph of jets in formation over the base’s
The public affairs office at
The picture is, however, a nice updating of a familiar old postcard image which depicts the same type of formation flying over the Taj Mahal, only with biplanes instead of jets (and which may reflect a similar fly-over staged for the 1935 film West Point of the Air):
Last updated: 19 September 2006