So the pilot ejected from a plane that was capable of still flying in auto-pilot mode? But then they couldn’t track the F-35 because it’s transponder didn’t work and it is a “stealth” jet. Why would the pilot eject if the plane could still fly? Something is wrong with this story.
So we have lost a jet with our most advanced technology on it. When will it come down and where? Could end up anywhere and in whose hands? Seems like more than a major design flaw to have a nuclear capable plane able to fly pilotless, uncontrolled and untrackable. What could possibly go wrong?
The F-35B isn’t nuclear capable. The F-35A in USAF configuration can be when it is equipped with systems necessary for safe handling of nuclear weapons. But the B variant isn’t and will never be – it’s a VTOL.