An American stealth fighter disappeared yesterday Sunday, not from prying eyes, but from the US military, prompting an unusual appeal to the public to help locate the missing multimillion-dollar plane.
On Sunday afternoon, after what authorities described as a “mishap,” a pilot flying an F-35 in the southern state of South Carolina ejected from the ship.
The pilot survived, but the military ran into a costly problem: They couldn’t find the plane, prompting Joint Base Charleston to ask local residents for help.
“If you have any information that could help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center,” read a message from the base on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Base authorities said they were searching, in coordination with federal aviation regulators, around two lakes north of the city of Charleston.
Residents have been asked to provide any information that could help their recovery teams contact their operations center.
The F-35 is one of the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world. The planes, made by Lockheed Martin, cost about $80 million each.