After pilots drew genitals in the sky over Eastern Washington using the contrails from their jets, the U.S. Navy sent a letter of apology to the Okanogan School District.
The Dec. 1 letter from Vice Admiral T.M. Shoemaker was addressed to superintendent Richard Johnson and stated, “The U.S. Navy owes you, your parents, and your students an apology for the unacceptable, obscene contrails that were created by one of my aircraft on November 16.”
Shoemaker went on to say that he “personally held the aircrew in question fully accountable for their actions. Furthermore, I have addressed this issue with all of our aviation squadrons in the state of Washington and throughout the force. I impressed upon them that this immature act was counter to the culture which values treating everyone with dignity and respect, and how this aircrew’s actions contrasted directly with the excellence and discipline our aviators and Sailors demonstrate daily in operations around the world.”
Johnson posted the letter on the school district’s Facebook page along with a brief comment. “It is always encouraging when one’s concerns have been listened to and actions taken to prevent similar incidents. Of course, the Navy’s apology is fully accepted and the respect we have always had for our armed services is fully restored. I would also like to thank Washington State’s Senator Shelly Short and Washington’s U.S. Congressman (Dan) Newhouse for their active involvement.”
In November an aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island used its contrails to create a depiction of a large penis in the blue skies over Okanogan County. Pictures of the drawing quickly spread on social media.