U.S. Military Asks Public to Help Find Its Missing $80 Million Stealth Fighter

An F-35 stealth fighter went missing somewhere over South Carolina on Sunday after a mishap occurred that caused the pilot to eject, and now the U.S. military is asking the public for help in locating it. The pilot was transferred to a local medical center and is in stable condition, but emergency response teams have been unable to find the fighter jet. Its last known position was in an area north of Joint Base Charleston, around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion. Finding the jet might not be so easy because when the pilot ejected the aircraft was still in autopilot mode, which means it could have remained airborne for some time. For reasons yet to be determined, the aircraft’s transponder was not functional, making it even more difficult to find the plane. Making matters worse, the F-35 features stealth technology that deliberately hides it from radar systems. The base is asking anyone with information that could assist in recovering the F-35 to contact the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs Office at 252-466-3827.