The United States Air Force is asking for the public's help in finding an F-35 that continued to fly in automatic mode after its pilot had to eject for an unknown reason in the South Carolina area.
"If you have information that may assist our search teams in locating the F-35, please call the Operations Center," as stated in the message.
The last known location of the F-35 aircraft was near Lake Multrie and Lake Marion, two large lakes northwest of the city of Charleston. This information comes from Joint Base Charleston, which has requested public assistance in finding the aircraft. In addition, the public has been asked to "collaborate with military and civilian authorities as the effort continues."
Of course, reactions on social media to this bizarre incident were not long in coming. One comment on Facebook reads, "How do you lose an F-35? Glad the pilot is safe, but how do we not know where the plane is??" Another person jokingly suggested, "Does Apple have an app 'Find My F-35'?"
Other users looked at the positive side of things, like "Wow, the stealth mode works great!" And, of course, some suggested that maybe the plane was simply transferred to Ukraine for the war effort.