The raunchy route came in the middle of a feud between the pilots and the inspector on the question whether the single-engine Cessna was safe to fly over open water.
Five POLICE officers pilots were so angry at their manager that they have a $4 million federally funded spy plane to fly a route in the shape of a giant penis, The Post has learned.
Inspector James Coan, head of the Aviation Unit, learned of the phallic airborne work of art of his minions, who discovered the lewd pattern on the department flight-tracking software, sources said.
He warned NYPD brass, and the pilots were disciplined following departments hearing with two returned from the unit.
The raunchy route came in the middle of a feud between the pilots and Coan about the question of whether the single-engine Cessna was safe to fly over open water — that is the reason why the fbi paid for it in the first place, according to the sources.
In July 2017, pilots were told to fly at low altitude over open water 25 miles off the coast, so that they can scan ships for radiological weapons.
“If the prop [propeller plane] goes, it is over. You are going to crash into the ocean,” a source said they warned their boss, Coan.
“They would not have enough glide time to go back to the land on the height. It was like a suicide mission.”
The low-altitude flights also dropped them out of radar and radio range, sources added.
The pilots’ pushback strengthened this past March, when Coan ordered them to make the runs more frequently, the sources said.
In the midst of their protests, five flyboys the plane up and flew the penis-shaped route. Supervisors on the ground saw the phallic flight path during the tracking of the aircraft and the issue with Coan.
In total, a dozen pilots have questioned the wisdom of flying a single-engine plane so far out over open water, the sources said.
Eight of them — including the five-penis-drawing pilots were stripped of their flight gear and clean aircraft hangars and wash Coan department car, according to sources.
“One of the people who complained about the mission got the s–t end of the stick,” a source said. “They had to do all these menial tasks outside their job description, including washing his car.”
NYPD pilots, on average, more than $100,000 per year in pay, according to data posted on SeeThroughNY.net. “They’re wasting a fortune in training and expertise,” a source added.
The NYPD had agreed to stop offshore counterterror missions all the way to the with the union representing the pilots, but the meeting is yet to happen, the sources said.
The aircraft of the last flight, according to the tracking service Flight Aware, was on 5 July, after the management of Mayor Bill de Blasio, between his holiday in Canada and a Big Apple police memorial event.
Police chief James O’neill has defended the aircraft, for other than the combating of terrorism.
Last year, he drove the bird to the funeral of the former Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce’s mother, Dolores, and he admitted taking the west of the state of New York for the July 8 funeral of a state trooper.
That flight is not shown on Flight Aware records, the NYPD has refused to release the aircraft flight logs to The Post.
The FEMA, which is the grant used for the purchase of the aircraft, has said it is looking into whether the NYPD abused the Cessna.
The NYPD has not responded to a request for comment Tuesday.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post.