The Navy has admitted that one of its aircraft was involved in seemingly obscene skydrawings that appeared over Okanogan County, Washington, according to KREM.
KREM on Thursday reported that officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said one of their aircraft created multiple images some people interpreted as male genitalia.
“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,” Navy officials from the station said in a statement.
Several Okanogan, Washington residents on Thursday told The Spokesman-Review that they noticed apparently phallic images getting etched in the skies about their town that afternoon.
The skywritings appeared around noon local time, and pictures of them soon made the rounds around town via text messages before hitting social media.
The Spokesman-Review reported that Okanogan is a central Washington town of approximately 2,550 residents.
Local Ramone Duran said he was performing some errands when he noticed an aircraft sketching some he thought resembled a male member.
“After it made circles at the bottom, I knew what it was and started laughing,” he said, noting the entire image took about five minutes to create.
“It was pretty funny to see that,” Duran added of the incident. “You don’t expect to see something like that."
Misty Waugh, a bartender and server at Okanogan’s The Club Sports Bar and Grill, said she was alerted to the skydrawings by a text from her 12-year-old.
“I thought it was pretty funny, and so did she,” she said. “A lot of people have been talking about it.”
A Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) official on Thursday told KREM that unless such images pose a safety risk, the agency cannot do anything about them.
“[The FAA] cannot police morality,” KREM’s source said of the unusual event, which attracted complaints from at least one local mother worried she would have to explain them to her child.