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Did This MiG Land on a Dam?

A video supposedly showing a fighter jet landing on a dam racked up more than 100,000 views in July 2021.

Published Aug 2, 2021

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Claim:
A video shows MiG jet landing on a dam.

In July 2021, a video supposedly showing a MiG fighter jet landing on a dam racked up more than 100,000 views after it was shared on Twitter:

This is not a genuine video but a computer animation.

Some people may be able to tell that this is animation simply by watching the video, but if you're having trouble seeing that, look at the 50-second mark when the parachute deployed behind the plane to help it slow down simply vanishes.

This video was first posted online in October 2020 under the title "MiG 29 landing on the dam ;) DCS." The "DCS" in this title stands for Digital Combat Simulator. The YouTuber who posted the video clarified this in the comments, writing: "It's simulator game DCS World Open Beta, older version now is 2.7 version :)"

The webpage for DCS World Open Beta reads:

The Open Beta version of Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) 2.7 is a free-to-play digital battlefield game and simulation environment. The "release" version will be available shortly after Open Beta testing is complete. The Open Beta is an optional version of DCS World that we use to first test new content and technologies before moving them to our release version.

Our dream is to offer the most authentic and realistic simulation of military aircraft, tanks, ground vehicles and ships possible. This free download includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region and Black Sea that encompasses much of Georgia. It also includes a flyable Russian Sukhoi Su-25T ground attack aircraft and the famous WWII North American TF-51D fighter. An additional more than two dozen aircraft are available for purchase.

The download comes with one of the most powerful mission planners ever designed, full network play and more than 156 AI weapons systems, 105 ground vehicles and trains, 50 air defense systems, 19 ships and 84 AI aircraft permitting you to plan and play highly sophisticated missions. DCS World is massively extensible through additional DCS modules as well as user-made add-ons and mods which you can purchase and download from our site.

DCS is a true "sandbox" simulation that is also designed to cover multiple time periods of interest such as WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War and others. Current regions to battle include the Caucasus, Nevada Test and Training Range, and Normandy 1944. New maps in development include the Persian gulf, Syria and others.

Here's a trailer for this simulation software:

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.