WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Social media had a field day on Tuesday when a phallic-shaped doodle was spotted above the skies of the Luke Air Force Base Maricopa County, Arizona.
- People are asking whether the penis-looking trail was premeditated like previous incidents involving military aircraft but officials are quick in saying it was an accident.
- The military insisted that the trail, resembling male genitalia, was the outcome of normal flight maneuvers.
On Tuesday, a training exercise conducted by six pilots flying F-35 Joint Strike Fighters accidentally created contrails resembling a penis which has made social media users questioning it was premeditated like previous incidents involving military aircraft.
The 56th Fighter Wing pilots out of Luke Air Force Base in Arizona were in a dogfight stimulation when the phallic-shaped doodle was created, a base spokesperson told Fox News in a statement.
“We’ve seen the photos that have been circulating online from Tuesday afternoon. 56th Fighter Wing senior leadership reviewed the training tapes from the flight and confirmed that F-35s conducting standard fighter training maneuvers Tuesday afternoon in the Gladden and Bagdad military operating airspace resulted in the creation of the contrails, the statement read.
Officials insisted that “there was no nefarious or inappropriate behavior during the training flight.”
The training pitted a “red air” aggressor team with four ships against a two-ship “blue” team, according to an email sent to Fox News by Maj. Rebecca Heyse. She then added that “when the red team pulled back, the blue team circled around before reengaging.”
“The contrails were made by the 2-ship as they were beginning the fight with the 4-ship and then told to hold off causing them to hook to reposition before then beginning the fight again causing them to hook once more,” Heyse said in the email sent. “ What is not seen in the photos is a 3rd vertical contrail parallel to the 2 in the photo.”
Upon reviewing the flight audio, senior officials confirmed statements made by the pilots.
In previous years, military personnel has been involved in a series of incidents where phallic flight patterns were created. Last year, two Marines were punished after they created flight patterns of a giant penis over the Salton Sea in Southern California. The image was circulated on social media and received criticisms.
After a Navy investigation, the two junior officers were found to coordinate a similar incident in 2017 when one of them suggested that drawing “a giant penis would be awesome.”
Source: Fox News