By Michael Brice-Saddler | The Washington Post
For nearly two years, little was reported on the infamous “sky penis” – crudely scrawled across Washington state airspace using exhaust from a naval jet.
Admired by some and declared childish by others, the illustration over the Okanogan Highlands prompted a full investigation into the unit involved. Thanks to the Navy Times, we finally have a direct look into the minds of the artists responsible.
The publication filed a Freedom of Information Act request and obtained an abundance of details regarding the phallic affair, which apparently was spurred by boredom and culminated in regret.
Two junior officers, both of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, reportedly found themselves with time to spare following a training session on Nov. 16, 2017 – and their EA-18G Growler jet was producing particularly strong contrails.
What came next is best explained by the lieutenants themselves; their occasionally not-safe-for-work dialogue was picked up by the cockpit’s video recording system and published by the Navy Times.
“Draw a giant penis, that would be awesome” one of the officers said to the pilot. “You should totally try to draw a penis.”
“I could definitely draw one, that would be easy,” the pilot responded. “I could basically draw a figure eight and turn around and come back. I’m gonna go down, grab some speed and hopefully get out of the contrail layer so they’re not connected to each other.”
The pilot continued: “Dude, that would be so funny. Airliner’s coming back on their way into Seattle, just this big (expletive)-ing, giant penis. We could almost draw a vein in the middle of it too.”
They appeared to work out the logistics of their drawing in real-time, exhibiting a skillful display of aerial artistry despite acknowledging some of the penis’s features were “going to be a little lopsided.”
When their masterpiece was completed, the lieutenants flew some distance away, laughing to themselves while capturing photos of their work, according to the Navy Times.
“Oh yes, that was (expletive)-ing amazing,” said the pilot “This is so obvious.”
His cockpit partner agreed, stating, “That’s a (expletive) . . . Dude, I’m amazed that this stayed.”
But the gleeful lieutenants suddenly realized they had a problem: their artwork was lingering much longer than anticipated. The pilot would later write about his failed attempt to “scribble it out” with more contrails. The squadron’s executive officer soon learned of the remorseful lieutenants’ endeavor – his disappointment was matched by their commanding officer, who was “immediately furious,” the Navy Times reported.
“He asked both [lieutenants] if they had any idea what the ramifications of their actions were going to be,” the executive officer wrote. The squadron quickly issued an alert that reached the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, warning of an aircraft flown in a pattern “that resulted in contrails depicting an obscene symbol when viewed from the ground.”
The alert concluded with a bit of foreshadowing: “media attention is expected.”
As photos of the penis taken from the ground went viral, senior Naval officer, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, vowed to …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World