The Marine Corps. announced this week that two pilots have been banned from flying amid an investigation that they flew a phallic-shaped pattern in Southern California last month.
Maj. Josef Patterson, a Marine spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said Tuesday that any discipline for the two aviators will be determined after the investigation, according to ABC News. He also said the pilots will provide support from the ground while they are banned from flying.
“The Marines and Sailors of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing will perform at the highest levels expected of professional warfighters, and uphold our core values of honor, courage and commitment,” Patterson said in a statement, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Images reportedly showing the flying pattern were posted to Twitter late last month by an aviation enthusiast using flight-tracking software, ABC reported.
Somebody needs to have a word with the crew of US Navy T-34C 160937 SHUTR91 out of MCAS Miramar pic.twitter.com/WgrgkKzRln— Aircraft Spots (@AircraftSpots) October 23, 2018
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement last month that an investigation into the flight pattern had been opened, according to the Marine Corps Times.
“A T-34C aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, flew an irregular flight pattern over the Salton Sea that resembled a phallic image," the statement read. "An investigation to uncover the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing."