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F-35 becomes first fifth-generation aircraft to draw a 'sky penis'
The F-35 completed yet another milestone on Tuesday by becoming the first fifth-generation aircraft to draw a giant dick in the sky.
People near Luke Air Force Base in Arizona got a view of the "penis contrail" that Fox 10 Phoenix said "vaguely resembles the male anatomy."
Vaguely? Oh, come on.
While a historic first for the troubled F-35 program, officials insisted that this time, the sky dong was accidental and was not pre-planned by the pilots involved.
"We've seen the photos that have been circulating online from Tuesday afternoon," a Luke Air Force Base spokesperson told Task & Purpose.
"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."
Maj. Rebecca Heyse explained to Task & Purpose that there were six total F-35's carrying out an air-to-air training flight on Tuesday, with two serving as "blue air," or friendly forces, and four more serving as "red" enemy forces. The phallic-shaped contrail showed up incidentally to the "blue" aircraft flying in circles as they were waiting for word that "red" air was ready to be engaged.
"What you're not seeing is there is a third vertical contrail that's outside" many of the photos posted online, Heyse said.
Still, I've been reporting on the military for over seven years, and I can tell you the number of military aircraft drawing penis-shaped clouds in the sky has reached unprecedented levels. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if they added Sky Dick Drawing alongside the tried-and-true Split-S and Scissors of "standard fighter training maneuvers."
The news out of Luke comes just weeks after Navy Times got its hands on the transcript of the most infamous "sky penis" incident of all from 2017, in which the pilot and electronic warfare officer did their own sky dong-writing but lamented that the balls "are going to be a little lopsided," among other choice quotes.
Marine pilots attempted their own sky penis near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in Nov. 2018. They later received administrative punishment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he discussed Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son in a call with Ukraine's president.
Trump's statement to reporters about his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky came as the Democratic leader of a key congressional panel said the pursuit of Trump's impeachment may be the "only remedy" to the situation.
The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.
The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Still, despite the Navy's effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sinking, the Eagle 56 lingered as a mystery. The ship had sunk relatively close to shore, but efforts to locate the wreck were futile for decades. No one could find the Eagle 56, a small patrol ship that had come so close to making it back home.
Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.
Business Insider spoke to two crew members — meat truck driver Jeff Goodreau and Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer Donald Ferrara — about their discovery.
These CIA officers were the first US boots on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11 — and one was 'Marine Todd'
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The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
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