Navy Fighter Leaves Lewd Contrails
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.