The Marine Corps misplaced an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet following a coaching “mishap” on Sunday. Navy personnel are asking for assist finding the F-35 jet after the pilot ejected himself from the F-35 and parachuted safely to the bottom round 2 p.m. close to Charleston, South Carolina.
The pilot was taken to an area hospital and is in secure situation, Joint Base Charleston reported in a Fb put up, saying the mishap concerned “an F-35B Lightning II jet from Marine Fighter Assault Coaching Squadron (VMFAT) 501 with the 2nd Marine Plane Wing.” Joint Base Charleston is working with the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to find the F-35, specializing in the Northern space of the bottom surrounding Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, Jeremy Huggins, a spokesperson at Joint Base Charleston advised NBC Information.
“Emergency response groups are nonetheless making an attempt to find the F-35,” Joint Base Charleston stated within the Fb put up. It added: “The general public is requested to cooperate with navy and civilian authorities as the hassle continues.”
A spokesman at Joint Base Charleston advised NBC that the jet was nonetheless in auto-pilot mode when the pilot ejected, so there’s nonetheless an opportunity that it’s simply hanging out within the air.
The misplaced jet has precipitated outrage amongst some politicians together with Rep. Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina), who wrote on X, previously referred to as Twitter, “How within the hell do you lose an F-35? How is there not a monitoring machine and we’re asking the general public to what, discover a jet and switch it in?”
Joint Base Charleston has but to find out what precipitated the mishap, Huggins advised The Washington Submit, saying: “In order that’s why we put out the general public request for assist.” He added: “The plane is stealth, so it has totally different coatings and totally different designs that make it tougher than a traditional plane to detect.”
A 2020 Mission On Authorities Oversight report discovered that every Marine Corps F-35B value $135.8 million and is described because the “most superior fighter jet on the planet” and is the “most deadly, stealthy, and survivable plane,” Aerospace large Lockheed Martin says on its web site.
The U.S. Authorities Accountability Workplace additional stated in a 2023 report that the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program is the most costly weapon-system program within the Division of Protection’s arsenal, estimating that American taxpayers would pay roughly $1.7 trillion to “purchase, function, and maintain the plane and techniques over its lifetime.”
Critics of the F-35 have characterised this system as a “boondoggle” that’s “too large to fail.” But it surely seems the jet’s stealth capabilities appear to be working, at the very least.
Joint Base Charleston and the FAA didn’t instantly reply to Gizmodo’s request for remark.
If you happen to’ve seen the lacking jet, navy officers would like you to allow them to know by calling 843-963-3600.