US military asks for help finding its lost stealth jet



The Manila Times

Americas And Emea

WASHINGTON, D.C.: A stealth-capable United States fighter jet vanished on Sunday, not from prying eyes, but rather from the American military, prompting an unusual call to the public to help locate the missing multimillion-dollar plane. After what authorities labeled a “mishap,” a pilot flying an F-35 in the southern US state of South Carolina on Sunday afternoon ejected from the craft. The pilot survived, but the military was left with an expensive problem: it couldn’t find the jet, leading Joint Base Charleston to ask for help from local residents. “If you have any information that may help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center,” a post from the base read on the social media platform 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. The planes, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, cost about $80 million each.