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Missing Japanese F-35 poses major security headache for US if it falls into Russian or Chinese hands

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18 hours ago, Dave Hounddriver said:

Anyway, the missing F 35 has been found and is being salvaged.  Big sigh of relief.

"We recovered the wreckage and determined it was from the F-35," a spokesman for the Air Self Defense Force (ASDF) said

Is it only me who react on that it was "found" very quickly? :89: It was lost somewhere in the ocean where the water depth is 1500m!!!

 

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 when you assemble and have parts left over it only means you are

4 hours ago, GeoffH said:

 

*what's this nut I had left over?* :hystery:

smarter than and can build with less parts then the engineer who designed

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4 hours ago, Viking said:

Is it only me who react on that it was "found" very quickly? :89: It was lost somewhere in the ocean where the water depth is 1500m!!!

 

The news articles said he was leading a flight of 4 F-35's when he was declared missing.  I would assume they marked "last known location" and reported it to their command.  The technology shown on a F-22/35 on their visors is absolutely amazing about situational awareness that encompasses a bubble around them that is well beyond visual range.   

There was no report of a parachute, so I guess the pilot had no time or he was unable to activate the ejection system.   The name of the pilot is Major Akinori Hosomi, age 41.  He was apparently an experienced combat pilot, logging in thousand plus hours on either the F-16 or the F-15 that the Japanese self defense force have in their inventory.  My condolence to his family and his unit.

Respectfully Jake  

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