Stand up for the facts!

Our only agenda is to publish the truth so you can be an informed participant in democracy.
We need your help.

More Info

I would like to contribute

Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke November 10, 2023

A stealth bomber recently spotted in New York is unrelated to Israel, contrary to online claims

If Your Time is short

  • A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber flew over Ulster County, New York, on Nov. 2, but it was related to a football game — not to war in the Middle East.

A recent TikTok post suggests that a bomber aircraft spotted in New York is evidence that the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah will attack Israel. 

"Alert," text in the November video says. "B-2 stealth bomber seen over New York" and "Hezbollah may declare war on Israel tomm," using an abbreviation for "tomorrow."  

TikTok identified this video as part of its efforts to counter inauthentic, misleading or false content. (Read more about PolitiFact's partnership with TikTok.)

It’s true that a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber was spotted flying Nov. 2 in Ulster County, New York, as reported by the Daily Freeman, a Kingston, New York, newspaper. But Francis J. DeMaro Jr., a spokesperson for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, told the paper that the B-2 flyover was part of a training mission held as part of a spirit week related to the Army versus Air Force football game.

@politifact Replying to @Bunter_Hiden Pants on Fire alert! A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber was spotted over New York, but the flyover was related to a football game, not Hezbollah or Israel. #factcheck #military #fyp #learnontiktok ♬ Lofi hip hop Lofi(885430) - Enokido

"It’s considered a Spirit so in the spirit of the football game, the Air Force shows its strength by flying aircraft over the Academy," DeMaro said. 

Featured Fact-check

West Point wrote about the flyover in a Nov. 2 Facebook post, making clear it was connected to the football game and not to Israel.

The Freeman also reported that West Point warned about the flyover in an Oct. 17 press release, saying that in preparation for the game, the Army had begun "their traditional flyovers above the skies of the West Point." 

We rate claims the flyover is related to Hezbollah and Israel Pants on Fire!

Correction, Nov. 13, 2023: In an earlier version of this story, we misidentified the partnership through which this claim was identified. It has been updated. 


Our Sources

Browse the Truth-O-Meter

More by Ciara O'Rourke

A stealth bomber recently spotted in New York is unrelated to Israel, contrary to online claims

Support independent fact-checking.
Become a member!

In a world of wild talk and fake news, help us stand up for the facts.

Sign me up