Two stories breaking now, one brand new, one developing. The brand new story is that an F-35 pilot was forced to eject from his plane due to an unexplained “mishap” and the plane was left in auto pilot mode over South Carolina. As NBC News puts it, “the jet fighter’s stealth mode appears to be working too well” and now nobody can find it. It is unusual that an $80,000,000 piece of equipment suddenly disappears. (Wait for the UFO nuts to jump on this, I feel it in my bones.)
Joint Base Charleston, an air base in North Charleston, said it was working with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to “locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap” Sunday afternoon.
The pilot was able to safely eject from the aircraft, an F-35B Lightning II jet, and was taken to a local medical center in stable condition, it said in a Facebook post around 5:35 p.m. ET.
The jet was left in autopilot mode when the pilot ejected from the aircraft, so there’s a possibility it could still be airborne, Jeremy Huggins, a spokesman at Joint Base Charleston, told NBC News over the phone.
However, he said, searchers were focusing their attention north of the air base around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion based on the jet’s last-known position and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Asked whether that meant that officials believed the jet could have crashed, Huggins said he was unable to elaborate, but that more information would be forthcoming. The FAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Serious business for a lot of reasons. A crashed jet would be a tremendous economic loss and God forbid it should crash into a populated area. And no, I don’t know if a jet in auto pilot mode can be controlled from the ground. Good question.
But that said, the woman with all the answers, Lauren Boebert, kicks in her two cents, not having enough sense to keep a low profile.
“Sorry sir— my pronoun class ran long so I lost track of that fighter jet.”
IS NOT FUCKING HAPPENING.
She should stick to public handjobs and leave the military to the grown ups.
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 18, 2023
Bobo, go listen to that old Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler. “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” And you’ve also got to know when to STFU. For your own good. You’re welcome. Adam for Colorado.