The US Navy on Friday dismissed “unacceptable” schoolboy humor as one of its pilots drew a giant penis in the sky with contrails from his aircraft during training.

Residents of the small town of Okanogan stunned on Thursday that one of the fighter planes from the nearby air base was beginning to draw an unusual trajectory into the pristine skies of this small community of 2,500 souls in Washington State. on the west coast of the United States.

A mother complained to local television station KREM 2, who in turn sought the reaction of the military authorities.

This maneuver has “no training value”, thundered the American naval air force in a communiqué warning that “the crew will be accountable”.

“The Navy expects its crews to meet the highest standards and we consider this absolutely unacceptable”.

“Everyone was in shock,” exclaimed James Farmer, an Okanogan resident, interviewed by Vice News magazine.

Another inhabitant, Ramon Duran, was more amused. “When he made the first circles down, I knew what it was and I started laughing,” he told The Spokesman-Review.

The incident quickly made the rounds of social networks. On Twitter, the message of a resident, @anahi_torres_, picture in support, had been retweeted more than 1,500 times at the end of the day.