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Missing F-35 Jet's Wreckage Located

    Missing F-35 Jet's Wreckage Located
    Last updated Sep 19, 2023
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    Facts

    • The US military said on Monday evening that the debris of a missing F-35 fighter jet had been discovered in South Carolina, one day after the Marine Corps mysteriously lost track of it.
    • The discovery comes after officials at Joint Base Charleston asked the public to "locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap." The jet's pilot, who ejected safely, is reportedly receiving medical care.
    • The $80M Lightning II jet belonged to the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based in Beaufort, near the South Carolina coast.
    • Military officials say the debris was found "two hours north-east of Joint Base Charleston." However, they refused to divulge further details so as "to preserve the integrity of the investigative process."
    • While residents were asked to stay clear of the site, all Marine Corps aviation units were ordered to pause operations for two days.
    • According to the Marine Corps, the F-35's loss was the third event documented as a "Class-A mishap" in the last six weeks. The crash of a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet combat jet and a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey both remain under investigation.

    Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    It's ridiculous that the US military lost an ultra-high-tech fighter jet and were forced to turn to the public to find it, rather than use a tracking device. The fact that civilians had been tasked with locating the most advanced and lethal fighter jet in the world calls the competency of the military authorities into question.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The F-35s are designed to be difficult to detect, and their anti-radar capabilities are one of the key reasons they are enlisted in the US military. While it may be frustrating that the stealthy jet couldn't be tracked, it's also testament to the efficacy of the technology, as the jet proved undetectable while airborne.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 25% chance that the US President's ability to deploy military force will be further restricted by 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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