‘The real reason dinosaurs became extinct’: 82nd Airborne doubles down with another photo

Photo illustration.
Photo illustration.

After posting a photo of paratroopers and the eclipse that turned out to be fake, the 82nd Airborne Division has come back with another photo illustration featuring prehistoric creatures.

“Want to know the real reason the dinosaurs became extinct? Follow the 82nd Airborne Division on Facebook and Twitter (@82ndAbnDiv),” the Fort Bragg-based “All American” division wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

The photo illustration of what look like Tyrannosaurus Rex and pterodactyls superimposed with C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and paratroopers had more than 600 shares, 1,400 reactions and more than 100 comments on Wednesday.

The dinosaur photo came with a disclaimer in all capital letters: “NOTE: THIS IS A GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION AND NOT AN ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH OF DINOSAURS.”

The first photo illustration of paratroopers in front of a solar eclipse went viral on Monday with more than 34,000 shares, 1,000 comments and 27,000 reactions. The first photo was not originally identified as an illustration, but was later updated.

This week is also the division’s Centennial Week, honoring the 100-year legacy of the 82nd Airborne.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768, @AbbieRBennett