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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.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
One person was injured by Sunday's rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Task & Purpose was learned. The injury was described as mild and no one was medically evacuated from the embassy following the attack.
What it was like to liberate the Nazi death camp of Dachau, according to an Army veteran who was there
At age 23 in the spring of 1945, Guy Prestia was in the Army fighting his way across southern Germany when his unit walked into hell on earth — the Nazi death camp at Dachau.
"It was terrible. I never saw anything like those camps," said Prestia, 97, who still lives in his hometown of Ellwood City.
Against a blistering 56 mph wind, an F/A-18F Super Hornet laden with fuel roared off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and into the brilliant January sky.
Chalk up another step forward for America's newest and most expensive warship.
The Ford has been at sea since Jan. 16, accompanied by Navy test pilots flying a variety of aircraft. They're taking off and landing on the ship's 5 acre flight deck, taking notes and gathering data that will prove valuable for generations of pilots to come.
The Navy calls it aircraft compatibility testing, and the process marks an important new chapter for a first-in-class ship that has seen its share of challenges.
"We're establishing the launch and recovery capabilities for the history of this class, which is pretty amazing," said Capt. J.J. "Yank" Cummings, the Ford's commanding officer. "The crew is extremely proud, and they recognize the historic context of this."