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JASDF F-35A Stealth Fighter goes missing over the Pacific Ocean

by Dario Leone
Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month

The F-35A stealth fighter was on a training flight 135km away from Misawa Air Base.

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter has gone missing after taking off from Misawa Air Base on Apr. 9, 2019 at 7:27pm local time.

“It disappeared from radars,” a JASDF spokesman.

Japanese national broadcaster NHK reported that the stealth fighter was on a training flight 135km away from the base. It was flying over water then. The Maritime Self-Defense Force, Coast Guard have dispatched aircraft and ships to conduct search for the missing pilot.

JASDF F-35A Stealth Fighter goes missing over the Pacific Ocean
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Ten F-35As were delivered to Misawa Air Base last year.

Tokyo ordered a total of 42 F-35As in late 2011, with the existing order updated to include 63 more F-35As and 42 F-35Bs by late 2018, with Japan becoming the second-largest buyer of Lockheed Martin’s fifth generation stealth fighter.

JASDF F-35A Stealth Fighter goes missing over the Pacific Ocean
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Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

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