There's no way that was an accident
Usually, the citizens of Okanogan County, Washington would tell you that it’s a fairly uneventful place. Other than the occasional crime, there isn’t any major trouble in the small, Canadian-border adjacent town. That all changed when one jet pilot took to the skies to make pretty pictures for people in the sky.
People noticed that the aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was creating skywritings above their homes, but they weren’t the average cute picture or inspiring words. The airman made huge phallic symbols for all to see.
Some citizens took to social media to show the world the inappropriate symbol, and others contacted local news stations to get some answers about who was creating them. KREM 2 broke the news about the pictures after a concerned mom contacted them hoping that her child wouldn’t ask too many questions about what was going on.
The airbase found out about what one of their airmen was up to and quickly apologized for the male genitalia skywriting. The base’s media officer Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell said in a statement to the news outlet, “The Navy apologizes to anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action. An investigation into this flight will be conducted and if appropriate, the aviator(s) responsible will be held accountable.”
The airbase hasn’t said who the airman is yet, but they explained that this large indiscretion won’t go unpunished. The Lt. Cmdr. continued, “The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable.”
Sophomoric and Immature
“Air Boss” Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker had some harsher words for the airman responsible for the air event. “Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today. Naval aviation continually strives to foster an environment of dignity and respect,” he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that there was nothing that they could do about the situation because the drawing didn’t cause a safety hazard.
This isn’t the first time a cheeky airman decided to draw a phallic symbol in the sky or on their property. In 2014, members of the prestigious and celebrated Blue Angels painted a penis on the roof of one of their trailers in El Centro, California. While most people didn’t notice it, the blue and gold phallus was able to be seen by satellites that beamed the image to Google Maps.
Commanding officer Capt. Gregory McWherter apologized for “failing to stop sexual harassment and condoning pornography and homophobia in the workplace.”
Out of This World
Also in 2014, a Royal Air Force pilot made similar penis-like skywritings above Base Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. The base’s spokesman explained that it wasn’t what it looked like, however. “The pilot concerned was flying in a holding pattern, which is what all aircraft do when they are waiting to land. The matter was looked into, but this is not a case of someone being silly,” he explained.
Not even those who operate in space are immune from drawing phallic symbols. In 2013, NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover seemed to draw a penis in the dirt of the red planet. The operators said that it was just a part of its programming, though.
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