The “F” in F-35 must be for Freudian slip.
The U.S. Air Force has gone on record to clarify that a pair of F-35 fighter jets did not deliberately leave a trail of vapor in the sky that looked like giant male sex organs above Phoenix. A spokeswoman from Luke Air Force Base, where the jets are based, provided an official denial to the Air Force Times Wednesday after seeing online pictures of the white smoke plumes resembling genitalia on an otherwise blue backdrop far above the Earth.
“We’ve seen the photos that have been circulating online from Tuesday afternoon,” Maj. Rebecca Heyse told the military news site. “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.”
The speedy fighter jets had reportedly been training for one-on-one aerial combat and any vapor trails resembling penises was coincidental. The pilots’ audio, which was part of the investigation, reportedly offered no evidence of a coordinated effort to prank onlookers down below. Operating an F-35 costs taxpayers roughly $44,000 an hour.
While the Air Force may have been keeping it clean Tuesday, a Navy pilot was caught making obscene vapor trails in 2017 when a review of his plan’s communications reportedly revealed the flyboy and an electronic warfare officer plotting their prank.
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