Navy admitted that Growler pilot drew inappropriate image in sky over Okanogan Thursday. As published in the <em>Spokesman Review</em>

Navy admitted that Growler pilot drew inappropriate image in sky over Okanogan Thursday. As published in the Spokesman Review

Growler pilot draws graffiti in the sky

It was something one might expect to see in a middle-school bathroom but not writ large across the sky.

People in Okanogan were apparently surprised when a Navy aircraft drew a penis hovering in the heavens above the town Thursday, the Spokesman Review reported.

Officials at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island confirmed that the aircraft that drew the sky graffiti with its contrails is a Growler homebased on Whidbey.

Navy officials didn’t think it was funny, though one official who wished to remain anonymous said it was a difficult maneuver.

“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,” according to a statement from the base.

Commander Naval Air Forces also released a statement.

“The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values,” it says. “We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation — 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. An investigation into this flight will be conducted and if appropriate, the aviator(s) responsible will be held accountable.”

Growler crews and other aircraft train in the military operating area in Eastern Washington.

KREM 2, a CBS affiliate, reported that Federal Aviation Administration officials said there was nothing they could do unless the incident was a safety risk and that they “couldn’t police morality.”

Images of the inappropriate drawing in the wild blue yonder quickly spread through social media in Okanogan and far beyond. Many people thought the sky doodle was humorous while others worried about children looking up to the clouds.

More in News

Broad View Elementary School Literacy Night a fairy tale success

Knights, dragons and fairies roamed the halls of Broad View Elementary School… Continue reading

Dave the Barber is back from brain surgery

Oak Harbor Midway Barber Shop celebrating milestones this year

Port commissioners dismissed from lawsuit

Two Port of Coupeville commissioners won’t be individually liable in a lawsuit… Continue reading

Lawmaker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea

By Taylor McAvoy WNPA Olympia News Bureau A far-reaching package of laws… Continue reading

Navy looks to send its sewage city’s way

Sewage from the Navy’s Seaplane Base may someday flow to the city… Continue reading

Oak Harbor arson suspect charged

An Oak Harbor police officer caught a suspected arsonist who was allegedly… Continue reading

County looking for public input on Freeland code

Island County Planning and Community Development is looking for more feedback on… Continue reading

Island County Housing Authority sees increase in federal grant

The Housing Authority of Island County in Coupeville recently received a $51,269… Continue reading

Camano murderer receives 18-year sentence

Though he pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to prison Friday,… Continue reading

Most Read