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Report: F-35 keeps flying, missing after pilot ejects over Charleston, S.C.

There’s a runaway fighter jet somewhere near South Carolina.

Personnel from Joint Base Charleston and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina are responding on Sunday to a mishap involving a missing F-35B Lightning II jet from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

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The pilot ejected safely into a North Charleston neighborhood and was transferred to a local medical center in stable condition. Emergency response teams are still trying to locate the F-35, which apparently kept flying without the pilot.

The public is asked to cooperate with military and civilian authorities as the effort continues. The focus is currently on two lakes north of North Charleston, Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion.

On the base’s Facebook page on Sunday, the military asked that those with information about the whereabouts of the wandering jet call the JB Charleston Base Defense Operations Center.

The F-35B Lightning II jet, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is said to cost about $80 million to produce and is used by the U.S. Marine Corps. It is the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter and has vertical lift fan and pivoting engine nozzle to deliver vertical landing and short takeoff capability to expeditionary airfields, according to Military Times. The F-35 replaces the AV-8B Harrier IIs.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Remember when the DEW line sites could track anything that flew on the horizon back in the 1960’s? What happened to that technology?

  2. Maybe it landed itself. Happened before with the Cornfield Bomber in 1970. The pilot who ejected flew the same jet 9 years later at Tyndall. Cheers –


  3. I guess “auto pilot” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.(plz.. not a pun, very serious) Very dangerous. Wondering just how much fuel is left, before it “ditches”.

    • Maybe the Feds will start raiding soccer moms’ homes or churches trying to find it. I know they came to AK looking for Pelosi’s computer.

  4. This is a BS story. No way can a fighter get into the air that the military doesn’t know where it is at all times. I don’t know who is putting this crap out but it may be a general knowledge test for the US citizen.

    • So a STEALTH aircraft is something you expect to be readily trackable? As a Lockheed engineer noted, the jet appears to be about the size of a tennis ball on modern radar.

  5. The F35 is a ‘connected’ aircraft….Maybe the Chinese hacked it and flew it away? Or Maybe we ‘just lost it’? Either way you don’t lose track an of 80 million dollar aircraft and get to keep your job….

  6. This happens while unmanned SpaceX rocket boosters return to Earth and land on a boat?
    Maybe the person who can make this happen could help out with the F-35 program too?

  7. Most likely part of the Iran deal that grandpa just finished. You know in addition to the 6 billion in US money.
    Oh well, all the celebrities and blue haired rainbow freaks feel safe now so…there’s that.


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