An Air Force Plane Drew a Dick in the Sky With the Tip Pointing at a Russian Base

It was apparently just a cock up.
A KC-135 Stratotanker shows its refueling connector at the Chicago Air and Water Show 2022 in Chicago, the United States, on Aug. 20, 2022. (Joel Lerner/Xinhua via Getty Images)

The U.S. Air Force said a U.S. military plane did not intentionally draw a dick in the sky—with the tip pointed directly at a Russian base. 

Last week, a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft flew a penis-shaped flight path after taking off in Cyprus and then idling over the Mediterranean toward Tartus, a coastal city in Syria where Russia has a naval base, according to the popular flight tracker Flightradar24. 


What the Air Force calls a simple cock up serves as a reminder of Russia’s ongoing violent assault against Ukraine, and the U.S.’ opposition to it.

“At this time, we do not believe the crew acted inappropriately,” an Air Force spokesperson said, adding that the aircraft was flying a “refuelling orbit consistent with requirements that met the needs of receiver aircraft.”

The spokesperson didn’t give additional details of the flight’s purpose, but said that the KC-135 remained over the eastern Mediterranean and didn’t enter Syrian airspace. 

Naturally, Twitter users swelled with joy, some even opting to believe the military drew the dick on purpose. 

“Someone gave that pilot the shaft’ so to speak,” one Twitter user said. 

“I am PERFECTLY SATISFIED with this use of my tax dollars,” another tweeted.

This isn’t the first time a large vehicle has charted a phallic path: Last year, a large ship got stuck in the Suez Canal after inexplicably taking a giant dick-shaped journey. According to two Navy aviators drew genitals during their flight near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, in 2017.  

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