In a very ballsy move, the United States Air Force made a brazen statement that was so unique it made international news go viral, as an American military plane appeared to draw a “sky penis” near a Russian military base in Syria Tuesday night.
The pilots of the Air Force’s KC-135 Stratotanker looped near the base in Tartus, Syria, forming what looks like men’s genitalia on flight radar, according to Politico. It is unknown whether the flight vessel departed from Crete, Greece, for refueling or if the pilots were solely on a mission to prank Moscow’s ground crew on the base, the outlet reported based on an Italian news source.
It was a move that was hard for the Russians to ignore and obviously meant to mock the Russian forces on the ground and emasculate the fighting force on the world stage.
The Ukrainians loved it and commented on social media that they felt like the drawing was a special gift to their country.
“Christmas came early: A US jet draws ‘sky penis’ near Russian base in Syria. Merry-merry! Pic: Politico pic,” KyivPost reported, adding: “Take a look @mfa_russia, appreciate the lines and the style”
Check it out:
📸 Christmas came early: A US jet draws ‘sky penis’ near Russian base in Syria.
Pic: Politico pic.twitter.com/mGKp07ofMP
— KyivPost (@KyivPost) November 2, 2022
Politico continued: “The Mediterranean had previously been a tension point between U.S. Navy and Russian aircrafts, as they flew close to each other last February, at a time of heightened strain between the two countries before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Guardian reported.”
“The Kremlin may aspire to dominate the Mediterranean one day, but for now its aim is to deny this option to NATO,” a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report stated, according to the Sun.
The Aviation Geek Club reported with some more details:
As the Flightradar24 screenshot in this post shows, the tanker drew a “sky penis” in the vicinity of Syria’s Tartus — the Kremlin’s naval facility in the Mediterranean. The news was first reported by Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
According to POLITICO, it is not known whether the plane took off from Crete to refuel fighter planes, or if the pilots simply had one job: taking the piss out of the Russian ground crew.
It was reported on Twitter that the KC-135 stayed in position for almost two hours, just east of Cyprus.
One pundit claimed: “They were on a refueling mission that usually is just a long oval, repeated over and over…. so they added the ‘balls.’ No extra taxpayer money spent.”
The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the USAF and has excelled in this role for more than 60 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.
Russia has close relations with Syria and under a bilateral agreement in 2017, Damascus agreed to lease the port of Tartus to the Kremlin.
Tartus is Russia’s only base in the Mediterranean and is mainly used to deliver supplies to aid with its mission in Syria with the regime and to repair its warships.
As reported by Mirror, a Russian official also suggested in December that the port could be used to station Russia’s new Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles.
The Mediterranean was the subject of a close encounter between three US Navy planes and Russian aircraft back in February, in the days before Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The unintentional approach occurred as tension was rising between Russia and Ukraine a week before the war broke out on Feb. 24.
Although the interactions are common, At the time the Pentagon was concerned about the potential outcomes during the uncertain time.
‘While no one was hurt, interactions such as these could result in miscalculations and mistakes that lead to more dangerous outcomes,’ a Pentagon spokesperson said.
The war between Russia and Ukraine persists as nearly 1,000 Russian soldiers were killed on Oct. 30. The event went down as the deadliest day for Putin since his troops invaded eight months ago.
According to Daily Mail, the Russian death toll in Kyiv is now up to at least 71,200.
It comes as Russia tries to round up as many men as possible and quickly push them to the front lines, regardless of skill, training, and equipment.
The UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in its latest intelligence briefing that Russia has deployed several thousand newly mobilized reservists to the front line in Ukraine – but in many cases they are ‘poorly equipped’.
‘In September, Russian officers were concerned that some recently mobilized reservists were arriving in Ukraine without weapons,’ the MoD said.
Russia has intensified its attacks on Ukraine’s power plants and other key infrastructure as the war enters its ninth month. Large parts of Ukraine are already experiencing rolling power cuts as a result.