Navy delivers air graffiti apology

| December 13, 2017 | 90 Comments

cacti35 sends a link to the story of the Navy’s apology for the artwork that a crew drew on the sky over Okanogan schools;

“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 16th,” U.S. Navy Vice Admiral T.M. Shoemaker wrote to Okanogan Superintendent Richard Johnson. “I want to reassure you that this behavior is antithetical to our Navy’s core values — it’s not who we are and we absolutely do not condone this uncharacteristic behavior.”

Johnson requested a written apology for the skywriting in the shape of male genitalia drawn in the sky above Omak and Okanogan. The image was fully visible above the school playgrounds.

His request was echoed by Omak Superintendent Erik Swanson and North Central Educational Service District Superintendent Michelle Price.

Johnson said he “fully accepted” the apology.

For some reason, cacti35 thought it was funny that the apology was sent to Superintendent Richard Johnson.

I don’t get it.

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  1. Atkron says:

    I bet this stunt did more for Naval Aviation since a certain movie came out in the mid-80’s.

    See, I didn’t say it this time Mick.

  2. Mick says:

    ‘Superintendent Richard Johnson’



  3. USMCMSgt (Ret) says:

    Now that an apology has been issued, when do the sensitivity training PowerPoint presentations start for all the enlisted aircraft maintainers at NAS Whidbey Island?

    • Atkron says:

      Oh, like Tailhook.

      I remember having to sit through eight hours of that aftermath at the NAS Cecil Field Galley…while our Squadron Zero’s did whatever it is Zeros do while not being at mandatory training for All Hands.

      • Mason says:

        Wine and cheese party?

        We got dismissed from an “all hands, no excuses” wing commander’s call a tad ahead of schedule once. Next event was our squadron commander’s call. We walked into the fire station and caught all our squadron’s officers around the poker table eating cheese with some wine.

  4. Vexatious Defendant says:

    I don’t know what was funny about the apology either …

    Can someone explain?

    • thebesig says:

      The apology, for the sky drawing of dick and balls, was sent to Superintendent Richard Johnson. Johnson is one of the many nicknames for a dick. “Rich” is short for “Richard”. Taking “super” from “superintendent”, “Rich” from “Richard”, you get the renamed, “Super rich Johnson”… a potential nickname for a boner.

      It’s possible that officially, action was taken, in the Navy, related to that specific sky art. But, within their circles, they must have thought that it was funny… Sending it to Superintendent Richard Johnson fit both, protocol and a dark sense of humor.

      Then you take the “fully accepted”, as in “Johnson” is “fully accepted.

    • ChipNASA says:

      I’ll just leave this here.

  5. JacktheJarhead says:

    Too bad it wasn’t Superintendant Biggus Dickus.

  6. Daisy Cutter says:

    It was reported by unnamed sources that the Air Force, in a classy gesture, followed up with an invitation to tour their facilities at Seymour Johnson AFB.

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I don’t get it, leftard proglodytes parade around in vagina costumes but ONE PILOT draws a prick in the sky and everybody goes batshit crazy.

  8. HT3 '83-'87 says:

    Pilot Prankster Level Achieved: Grand Master

  9. jonp says:

    Should have said it was a homage to The Duke. Who argues with John Wayne?

  10. Green Thumb says:

    Maybe Arby’s should run a buy-one-get-one-free special.

  11. Casey says:

    Neptunus Lex (AKA Carroll Lefon) once told the story of a naval aviator by the name of Seaman who was awarded the call sign SPERM. During air maneuvers one afternoon someone announced that Seaman had taken the lead: “I have SPERM on my nose.” Hilary ensued. His call sign was then changed to SPURT, but apparently the wives club didn’t approve, so he was finally awarded the call sign SPORT.

  12. JimV says:

    The kids probably got a good laugh out of it.

  13. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Fox Business just ran a story about a German pilot, who’s radar track over Germany looked like a Christmas Tree.

    No word if they will apologize to offended folks.

    I say Navy wins on audacity points.

  14. Sparks says:

    Having spent time doing fiber optic testing through the Omak and Okanogan areas and spending nights in local motels and eating in local diners, I don’t see what their gripe is. If you spent time there the first thing you think and here in your head is the, “Deliverance” theme. I would have thought the community’s first thoughts would have been about their cousins and sisters. The Georgia swamps of the Northwest.

  15. OWB says:

    After contemplating this very carefully since it was first reported, I can still say that I just don’t care. A guy makes creative use of ambient conditions such that he does some aerial drawing. Much like the kids game of imagining what clouds look like, the drawing is different things to different people. That’s should be a good thing.

    The folks who wish to make something of it owe the rest of us an apology. The Navy certainly doesn’t, and makes itself look very silly by issuing one.

  16. james howard says:

    Any body can see it’s a ten gallon hat. Come on people just look at it…..

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