Warzone/The Drive: Japanese F-35A Has Gone Missing Over The Pacific Ocean (Updated)
Japan’s first operational F-35 squadron was stood up just days ago at Misawa Air Base, the same base the F-35 in question supposedly launched from.
Details remain extremely limited at this time, but there are reports from Japanese media outlets stating that one of the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s F-35As has gone missing during an evening training mission off Northern Japan. A search effort is supposedly now underway.
Reports state that the F-35 went missing at around 7:30pm local time on the 9th of April, 2019. The aircraft had taken off from Misawa Air Base and was around 85 miles east of that location, over the Pacific Ocean, when it disappeared from Japan’s tracking systems.
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Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific — Japan Times
Japan’s air force loses contact with F-35 stealth fighter — Reuters
Japanese F-35 fighter jet disappears over Pacific during exercise — Kyodo News
Japanese F-35 Lightning II Stealth Aircraft Reported Missing Over The Pacific Ocean — The Aviationist
Japanese F-35 fighter disappears while flying over Pacific Ocean — Task & Purpose
Japanese fighter jet ‘disappears from radar’ over Pacific — RT
Japan Grounds Fleet of F-35As After Fighter Jet Disappears in Mid-Air – Reports — Sputnik