'Sky penis' Navy officers thought drawing male genitalia in sky 'would be so funny' before probe
New transcripts: The 2 naval pilots who drew penises in the skies never thought it would spark an official probe
New transcripts show the two naval pilots who decided to draw penises in the skies across Washington state two years ago never thought it would spark an official investigation.
Draw a giant penis, the pilot's cockpit officer said. That would be awesome.
What did you do on your flight? the pilot replied back. Oh, we turned dinosaurs into sky penises.
CAUTION: GRAPHIC PHOTOS AHEAD
I could definitely draw one, that would be easy, the pilot said. I could basically draw a figure eight and turn around and come back. Im gonna go down, grab some speed and hopefully get out of the contrail layer so theyre not connected to each other.
The pilot then continued: "Dude, that would be so funny. Airliners 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.
After figuring out what altitude would work and logistics to get the direction correct, the pilot remarked some features would be "a little lopsided."
But when their creation was complete, the two flew some distance away in order to oversee their work while laughing and taking photos, according to the Navy Times.
Oh yes, that was (expletive)ing amazing, the pilot said. This is so obvious.
An EA-18G Growler like the one used to draw a phallic image in the sky over Washington state in 2017. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
Hours after the skyward hijinks, the squadron sent an alert to officials back in Washington D.C. that the phallic art was going to get a lot more eyeballs.
Aircrew maneuvered an EA-18G aircraft in a pattern that resulted in contrails depicting an obscene symbol when viewed from the ground, the alert warned, according todocuments obtained by The Navy Times. Media attention is expected.
The Navy told KREM2 at the time: "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."
In a subsequent investigation, the pilot wrote in a statement obtained by the Navy Times: "My initial reaction was no, bad. But for some reason still unknown to me, I eventually decided to do it.
The lieutenants responsible were not identified in the report, and it was not apparent what discipline they faced. A request for comment to the Navy's public affairs division by Fox News was not immediately returned. In the report obtained by the Navy Times, an investigator wrote, While the skywriting conducted by (the lieutenants) was crude, immature, and unprofessional, it was not premeditated or planned and not in keeping with their character demonstrated prior to the incident."
The investigator added: "Even so, it has caused the United States Navy severe embarrassment in the public arena and jeopardizes the strategic narrative that underpins the justification of the flight hour program."