Navy Fighter Leaves Lewd Contrails

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The U.S. Navy has acknowledged that the rough contrail drawing of male genitalia in the skies over Washington state Thursday were made by one of its aircraft operating out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island—most likely an EA-18 Growler. The local CBS affiliate reports that complaints were made to the FAA, who informed the disappointed caller that childish drawings don’t fall within the jurisdiction of the FAA unless they pose a flight safety risk. Navy officials, on the other hand, promised swift action: "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.”

Although low temperatures, high humidity, and calm winds on Thursday in Okanogan County made for stable contrail development, the Growler crew seem to have taken care to use throttle settings conducive to contrail development only while executing the figure-eight and holding pattern portion of their flight, as the remainder of the sky is largely clear.

Comments (11)

Best AVWeb article EVER!

Posted by: James Pollock | November 17, 2017 8:10 PM    Report this comment

Apparently a mother complained. She was concerned about having to explain the artistry to her small children. How much imagination does it take? Men are d---s.

Posted by: Mark Sletten | November 18, 2017 7:28 AM    Report this comment

Your tax dollars in action.

Posted by: John McNamee | November 18, 2017 10:00 AM    Report this comment

It has taken many decades, but those jet jocks finally impress me. We couldn't have done this in a P3.

Posted by: Guy Cole | November 20, 2017 1:40 AM    Report this comment

It has taken many decades, but those jet jocks have finally accomplished something which impresses me. We could have not accomplished this w/a P3.

Posted by: Guy Cole | November 20, 2017 1:41 AM    Report this comment

I think that the Navy should give this matter the full attention that it deserves! Now, where did the Admiral's "round file" go?

Posted by: John Nevils | November 20, 2017 7:44 AM    Report this comment

Big Deal, have a round of laughs and move on. Wonder if the radar operator was named "Johnson" ?

Posted by: David Webber | November 20, 2017 9:22 AM    Report this comment

People get worked up over the dumbest things these days. I'm with David W, "Have a round of laughs and move on". Also, who says there was no training benefit. Now this pilot knows sky-writing..LOL..Go Johnson!!

Posted by: BRIAN BURTON | November 20, 2017 2:37 PM    Report this comment

I love the FAA's response. I hope the Navy doesn't crucify the pilots for this. In fact they should be recognized for their precision flying.

Posted by: David Olson | November 20, 2017 2:53 PM    Report this comment

This is the way I remember entering a Navy holding pattern! Civilians don't know anything about Navy maneuvers! Nobody hurt, good training and likely a maneuver the Russians wouldn't expect or have practiced, excellent airmanship! The Navy will undoubtedly do a board on this pilot and he may lose his wings to satisfy the PC crowd! Years ago this would have gone unnoticed! Nuf said! Whiners go back to your crying room and practice your PC in private! Main stream America is tired of you!
Ned Conner

Posted by: Ned Conner | November 24, 2017 5:23 PM    Report this comment

I think its funny, and those that don't, well look at picture does it resemble you?

Posted by: max Mason | November 26, 2017 11:11 AM    Report this comment

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