The Navy is apologizing after one of their aircraft at Widbey Island’s Naval Air Station created obscene skywriting, which was seen, photographed, and shared by many in Okanogan County, Washington.
The lewd skywriting could be easily seen over the small city of Omak on Thursday. With a population of just 4,845 , Omak is the largest municipality in the county.
The incident quickly went viral on social media.
Just a quick warning, some readers might find the image below offensive. Several Omak residents did, and quickly complained about what they looked up to see.
— Adam Gessaman (@adamrg) November 17, 2017
Navy officials have acknowledged that one of their aircraft was involved, and said they find the incident “absolutely unacceptable.”
According to KREM2, Federal Aviation Administration officials said the lewd image didn’t pose a safety risk, and they “can’t police morality.” The Navy, however, says the aircraft crew will be held accountable.
Officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said one of their aircraft was involved in the obscene skywritings spotted in Okanogan County.
Photos sent to KREM 2 by multiple sources show skydrawings of what some people are saying is male genitalia. Some sources have even tweeted pictures of what they saw.
A mother who lives in Okanogan who took pictures of the drawings reached out to KREM 2 to complain about the images, saying she was upset she might have to explain to her young children what the drawings were.
In a statement to KREM 2 News navy officials said, “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.”
KREM 2 spoke to the Federal Aviation Administration to get some information about who may have made the drawings. FAA officials said unless the act poses a safety risk, there is nothing they can do about. The official said they “cannot police morality.”
Multiple pictures of the skywriting are being shared on Twitter.
One tweet says the incident is “the most monumental thing to happen in Omak.”
The most monumental thing to happen in omak. A penis in the sky pic.twitter.com/SM8k1tNYaj
— Anahi Torres (@anahi_torres_) November 16, 2017
According to the Drive, the skywriting occurred in restricted air space. The area near Omak is used regularly for training pilots.
From the Drive:
The phallic sky art occurred near the town of Omak, which is located in north-central Washington, on the western edge of the Colville Indian Reservation. The area lays under the expansive Okanagan Military Operating Area (MOA). This restricted airspace is used regularly by Growler crews from NAS Whidbey Island and by other military pilots visiting the area for training purposes.
The Navy has not yet released details about the pilots responsible, nor have the said specifically what sort of disciplinary actions may be used.
The little city of Omak certainly got a stir, but let us know what you think, and sound off in the comments below.
Hat tip: New York Daily News