The U.S. Navy apologized after residents in Washington state noticed a crude, graphic image in the sky.
A U.S. Navy pilot apparently drew an image of a private part, which was eventually acknowledged by a local air base.
In a statement to KREM 2, 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.”
The pilot flew in a pattern “that left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground,” officials added to The New York Post in a statement.
A mother in Okanogan, Washington, said that she was upset because she may have had to explain the images to her children, CBS reported.
An FAA official said that it cannot do anything as it “cannot police morality,” as CBS reported.
Crew members have been grounded until after a thorough investigation is conducted, officials said to media outlets.
Ramone Duran told The Spokesman-Review that he saw the pilot draw the picture.
“After it made the circles at the bottom, I knew what it was and started laughing,” Duran said. “It was pretty funny to see that. You don’t expect to see something like that.”
Bartender Misty Waugh said that her 12-year-old son texted her a photo of it. “I thought it was pretty funny, and so did he,” she said. “A lot of people have been talking about it.”
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