On Sunday afternoon, Joint Base Charleston, an air base in North Charleston, was working with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to "locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap". The pilot ejected safely from F-35B Lightning II, but there were no immediate crash reports.
We're working with @MCASBeaufortSC to locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap this afternoon. The pilot ejected safely. If you have any information that may help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600.— Joint Base Charleston (@TeamCharleston) September 17, 2023
The fact that the $140 million stealth fighter disappeared without any reports of a crash means it might have gone down in a sparsely populated area. The Drive pointed out, "The DoD is saying the F-35B was put on autopilot prior to the ejection."
Joe Biden's Pentagon can't find a freaking F-35 jet, but don't worry—they know exactly where all our money in Ukraine is going. https://t.co/mquDTXUCd9— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 18, 2023
Have you guys checked Ukraine? pic.twitter.com/2t3mgjib2d— Prison Mitch (@MidnightMitch) September 18, 2023