Late last week a Navy EA-18G Growler jet made the sky their canvas and sketched a cartoon stretching over the Okanogan Highlands in Washington state. However, the final product was not exactly a work of art.
Residents looked up to find that the Navy pilot had drawn male genitalia in the air; an incident that has launched a full Navy investigation.
Senior officer, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker said The Defense Department is taking this matter very seriously as they try to find the culprit behind Thursday’s incident. None of the aircrew involved has been identified so far.
“The American people rightfully expect that those who wear the Wings of Gold exhibit a level of maturity commensurate with the missions and aircraft with which they’ve been entrusted,” said Shoemaker, who oversees naval air operations, in a statement released by the service. “Naval aviation continually strives to foster an environment of dignity and respect. Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today.”
As pictures of the images from Washington surfaced on social media, many were quick to point out that inappropriate portraits in the sky has started to become a pattern.
In 2014, the Drive reported on a Royal Air Force jet drawing a penis in the sky over Scotland and that same year the U.S saw their Navy’s elite flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, under investigation for painting a giant penis on the roof of a trailer at its winter training home in El Centro, Calif.
Although many expressed their distaste for the immature image that appeared in Washington, others such as Maximilian Uriarte, a Marine Corps veteran who draws the popular military-themed web comic “Terminal Lance,” believed the situation was miniscule.
“I don’t know how much the culture of these pilots is embroiled in inappropriate things, but I think that drawing a penis is just meant to be funny,” he told The Post. “For some reason, when you get into a situation where you need to draw something, it’s always a penis. I’d love to offer real insight on this. But I don’t know that there is much to be had.”