Pilot ejects from F-35B fighter and US Marines cannot find aircraft

The aircraft had taken off from Charleston, South Carolina, and its whereabouts remained unknown

A US Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter disappeared on Sunday after the pilot ejected in the Charleston region, South Carolina.

The aircraft belongs to the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501), part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, based at Joint Base Charleston, which posted a message on the X network (formerly Twitter) asking the public for information on any leads. of the aircraft’s whereabouts.

According to the Marines, the last known position of the F-35B fighter jet is around lakes Moultrie and Marion, which are north of the military base.

One hypothesis raised by the US media is that the aircraft continued in flight after ejection.

Lockheed Martin F-35B

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The F-35B is the vertical or short takeoff and landing variant (acronym V/STOL) and operated by the US Marines, the United Kingdom (Air Force and Navy) and Italy.

The fighter has a vertical takeoff and landing system that consists of an engine with vectorable thrust in addition to a support fan behind the pilot’s cockpit.


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