He noticed the angle of the tail of the plane, the way in which the tail is swept far back, and the distance between the engines along with the tunnel between them.
Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Strategy and Technology Analysis in Moscow, confirmed that the planes are Russian MiG-29s, and also said that the soldier on the far right of the ad is carrying an AK-74 assault rifle.
The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is run by both the Republican National Committee and the campaign. Most of the low dollar and digital donations that the committee raises go to the campaign.
The image in the ad is a stock photo available on Shutterstock.com entitled “Military silhouettes of soldiers and air force against the backdrop of the sunset sky.”
The MiG-29, a twin-engine fighter jet designed in the Soviet Union that first flew in 1977, is the Russian mainstay fighter jet and has been sold worldwide. It was developed during the Cold War specifically to counter American F-15s and F-16s, and the United States even got a few to play opponents in war games. The planes have recently been spotted at a Russian air base in Syria and also Libya.
Russia has also exported them to a number of countries, including North Korea, Syria, India and Uzbekistan. Iran also acquired 68 of the MiG-29s at the end of the Soviet Union. In 1997, the United States even purchased 21 “nuclear” MiG-29 aircraft from Moldova to prevent them from falling into the hands of opponents such as Iran.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. RNC declined to comment.
Politicians have in the past been in trouble for running ads or creating content that contained Russian or other countries’ military equipment. In October last year, the rep tweeted. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) A picture of the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy with the comment: “Happy birthday to the US Navy. To the men and women who serve to protect our waters, we thank you. “His office later took down the tweet.
Marc Caputo contributed to this report.