Residents of Okanogan County, Washington woke up to some rather unusual cloud formations this morning courtesy of a couple of artistic Navy pilots stationed in nearby Whidbey Island. Not surprisingly, the giant sky penis, which was described as the "most monumental thing to happen in Omak" by one Twitter user, sparked a wave of hilarious social media responses.
— Adam Gessaman (@adamrg) November 17, 2017
The most monumental thing to happen in omak. A penis in the sky pic.twitter.com/SM8k1tNYaj
— Anahi Torres (@anahi_torres_) November 16, 2017
A local TV station in Okanogan, County, KREM-2, reached out to the Navy for a comment on the incident and promptly received the following apology which described the event was "absolutely unacceptable" and "of zero training value"...which we honestly find incredibly shocking as we've always lived under the apparently false illusion that if we were to ever find ourselves in a dogfight over the skies of Iraq that a carefully timed "penis maneuver" could be the difference between life and death.
As the Washington Examiner noted, a subsequent Navy statement identified the sky artists as members of the "Electronic Attack Squadron 130" who fly the Boeing E/A-18 Growler.
"The Navy apologizes to anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action. The Officers and Sailors of the United States Navy are professionals, held to the highest standards, while serving our nation with pride around world. The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values. We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation - and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
The Navy statement, which referred to "a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground," said the aviators were flying an E/A-18 Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130, which are known as the "Zappers."
"An investigation into this flight will be conducted and if appropriate, the aviator(s) responsible will be held accountable," the statement said.
Meanwhile, this guy seems to have high hopes of sparking a Navy/Air Force pornographic sky writing competition...which seems like a truly genius plan, if we understand it correctly.
Air Force would have drawn boobs. I'm just sayin'https://t.co/maebvSWGXr
— Drew (@MasterDroo) November 17, 2017