Museum prank: General's photo covered by fictional 'Space Force' character

A prankster made Steve Carell's fictional character the head of the Space Force on a wall in the Museum of the United States Air Force devoted to the U.S. Space Force chain of command.


By THOMAS GNAU | The Dayton Daily News | Published: May 21, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — A prankster was clearly having fun recently at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, even though the museum has been temporarily closed.

Someone replaced a photo of Gen. John Raymond, the chief of U.S. Space Operations, with a picture of the fictional Gen. Mark Naird, the character played by Steve Carell in a new Netflix comedy series, “Space Force.”

The wall at the museum is devoted to the U.S. Space Force chain of command.

Space Force is real. But not the Netflix “Space Force.” And Raymond — he’s real, too.

The photo apparently first surfaced on Reddit, revealing that the Carell photo had been placed with Scotch tape atop Raymond’s official photo.

A made-up biography also replaced Raymond’s bio on the board.

“Gen. Mark R. Naird assumed the duties as the first Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force, on Dec. 20, 2019,” Naird’s satirical description reads, quoted in a Military Times article which noted the prank.

Ninety-four percent of users have “upvoted” the photo on at least one Reddit page.

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