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If you find a missing F-35, please call 843-963-3600

I guess that's one downside of being stealthy.

It probably flew with its transponders off
 
Now thats called Stealth.The Airforce Operating it just lost sight of it 🤣
 

Something that advanced and the military is asking the public to help locate it is what set this whole saga to be ridiculed. Not just that, but did they really think that if & when it eventually crashes in a pond or a golf course or even in the middle of nowhere, no one would report it immediately? Why ask something that makes you look completely silly?

Their is something seriously wrong with the F35B

The B has an astronomical number of complex and moving parts it's bound to have a higher fail rate, even with all the redundancy.

Regardless of that, it's still operating successfully on carriers in salt water environments and harsh conditions while only having 7 incidents in total. And that's including all 3 versions unless they've covered up any mishaps, especially for the ones that operate out of the belligerent state.

Considering all the training and sorties it performs for the US alone; it's done pretty well.
 
If the aircraft flew for that long that they cannot find it then that pilots flying career is over for abandoning that jet way too early…

 
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@F-22Raptor at least we didn’t lose one of you. Btw, Milley said yesterday, the balloon that you shot down wasn’t recording so … there is that too.

p.s. why didn’t the wingman stay with the Zombie F-35B on autopilot?

2nd P.S. would love to hear the crank calls this phone number gets over this incident.

I guess that's one downside of being stealthy.

It probably flew with its transponders off
We’d assume it be flying with a luneberg lens or something. Why fly without it, in the CONUS, especially when the risk of civilian traffic is ever present and it’s not on the way to combat deployment?

Guess they found the debris
 
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@F-22Raptor at least we didn’t lose one of you. Btw, Milley said yesterday, the balloon that you shot down wasn’t recording so … there is that too.

p.s. why didn’t the wingman stay with the Zombie F-35B on autopilot?

2nd P.S. would love to hear the crank calls this phone number gets over this incident.


We’d assume it be flying with a luneberg lens or something. Why fly without it, in the CONUS, especially when the risk of civilian traffic is ever present and it’s not on the way to combat deployment?

Guess they found the debris


This is correct.

F-35 is virtually impossible to detect and track if its transponders are off.
What I wonder is - why did the pilot jump?
Controls were not working?

Clearly he wasn't about to crash anytime soon if it flew for so long.
 
We’d assume it be flying with a luneberg lens or something. Why fly without it, in the CONUS, especially when the risk of civilian traffic is ever present and it’s not on the way to combat deployment?

The guy in the video a few posts back said it wasn't equipped with luneberg lenses which they usually place 2 on the topside and either 1 or 2 underneath the fuselage. They also said that if it wasn't equipped with them, then it was probably performing some training exercise where it needed to be in stealth mode. But even so, it should've had a transponder for exactly this reason.

Every time I've seen F-22s and F-35s at airshows, they're flying with lenses despite shutting down the entire airspace around the airport. Most likely because they were performing heritage flights with other aircraft and needed to be on their radar.
 

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