$80 Million F-35B Jet Missing Near Charleston, S.C., Following Pilot Ejection

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On Sunday afternoon a pilot ejected from an F-35B Lightning II jet following a “mishap” near Charleston, S.C.  The U.S. military is still trying to locate the $80 million aircraft.  According to a Facebook post from Joint Base Charleston, personnel from the base and “…Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort (MCAS Beaufort SC) are responding to a mishap involving an F-35B Lightning II jet from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.”  The post stated, “Based on the jet’s last-known position and in coordination with the FAA, we are focusing our attention north of JB Charleston, around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion.”  The public is being asked to “…cooperate with military and civilian authorities as the effort continues. Anyone with information about the jet’s whereabouts is urged to contact JB Charleston Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600.”