The four-ship, “red air” F-35A aggressor team faced off with the two-ship blue team, the red air team pulled back, requiring the blue team to come around before re-engaging in the dogfight.
Six F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters belonging to the 56th Fighter Wing from Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, simulating aggressor air training accidentally created contrails that resembled a penis, base officials told Military.com.
“We’ve seen the photos that have been circulating online from Tuesday afternoon,” said spokeswoman Maj. Rebecca Heyse in an email. “The 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.
“There was no nefarious or inappropriate behavior during the training flight,” she continued. “The flight audio was reviewed by senior leadership, and it confirmed the statements by the pilots explaining what happened.”
Heyse explained that while the four-ship, “red air” aggressor team faced off with the two-ship blue team, the red air team pulled back, requiring the blue team to come around before re-engaging in the dogfight.
“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.
That flight pattern created something like a phallic symbol in the sky. What is not seen in the photos circulating on social media is a “third vertical contrail” parallel to the two original contrails, she added.
Noteworthy the news comes just weeks after Navy Times got its hands on the hilarious transcript of the most infamous “sky penis” incident of all from 2017, in which the crew of an EA-18G Growler belonging to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) did their own penis “skydrawing.”
Photo credit: Brad Tabora on Facebook and U.S. Air Force