“Definitely a MiG-29,” Pierre Spray, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 aircraft for the US Air Force, told POLITICO about the photo in the advertisement. “I am glad to see that it is supporting our troops.”
Ruslan Pukhov of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technology in Moscow also confirmed to Politico that the planes are Russian MiG-29s and that the right-hand soldier carries an AK-74 assault rifle.
The digital ad was created by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee and ran from 8 September to 12 September. It features a silhouette of soldiers standing under jets.
In helping Politico identify the jets, Spry noted the angle of the tail of the aircraft and the difference between the engines. POLITICO stated that Russia’s MiG-29 was developed specifically during the Cold War to counter American F-15s and F-16s, and the US played some contrasting roles in war games.
Trump Make America Great Again Committee is run by the Trump Campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
The Trump campaign and the RNC did not immediately respond to The Hill for comment. The RNC declined to comment on Politico.
Politico identified the photo used in the advertisement as a stock photo available on Shutterstock, titled “Air Force Against the Background of the Soldiers’ Military Silhouette and Sunset Sky”.