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Navy plane traces obscene sky drawing over Washington town
Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky

U.S. Navy fighter jet takes off from the deck of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier. Officials for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island say one of their planes created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over a rural Washington community on Thursday, Nov. 16. (2016 AP File, Petr David Josek)

U.S. Navy fighter jet takes off from the deck of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier. Officials for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island say one of their planes created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over a rural Washington community on Thursday, Nov. 16. (2016 AP File, Petr David Josek)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The air crew who used their U.S. Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the U.S. Navy said Friday.

An electronic warfare plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in western Washington state created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over the rural community on Thursday.

Many residents spotted the contrails in the clear blue skies above the central Washington town of 2,500 people. Witnesses took photos and placed them on social media platforms, where they were widely viewed.

“The actions of this aircrew are wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values” said a statement issued Friday by NAS Whidbey Island.

“We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation,” the statement said, “and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act, and anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action,” the statement said.

The aircraft involved was an E/A-18 Growler assigned to Whidbey Island, the Navy said. The carrier-based plane carries a two-person crew.

The plane flew over the small town in a pattern “that left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground,” the Navy said.

The names of the air crew were not released.


Original Nov. 17 story

'Zero training value' in jet's obscene sky drawing, U.S. Navy says

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Residents of the town of Okanogan, Washington, got quite an air show courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

Officials for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island say one of their planes created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over the rural community on Thursday.

Many residents spotted the contrails in the clear blue skies above the central Washington town.

KREM-TV of Spokane, Washington, says officials for Whidbey Island issued a statement saying: “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.”

The Federal Aviation Administration says it doesn’t plan to take any action because the act did not pose a safety risk and the agency cannot police morality.

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