Particularly if you live in the South Carolina area.
The pilot ejected – we haven’t been told why – and the jet, on autopilot with transponder not working, kept going. The Drive has a good article, which they are updating.
The fact that the F-35 disappeared without any reports of a crash points to the likelihood that it went down in a sparsely populated area. If it ran out of fuel, there would not likely be a big fire and no massive fireball for people to spot, nor as loud of a crash. If it went down in the Atlantic, it could make finding it even harder.
Based on the jet’s last-known position and in coordination with the FAA, we are focusing our attention north of JB Charleston, around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion.— Joint Base Charleston (@TeamCharleston) September 17, 2023
Update: Alexandra Petri has now done a column on the jet that followed her home. Here’s a gift link.
Update 2: The plane has been found.https://twitter.com/PeterVogel/status/1703902076701651363
Found! Yes, that missing F-35, the one where the originating base asked for the public’s help in locating their $80 million plane, has been found, west of Stuckey NC. Here’s the search pattern formed by FOXX840.@bobmackin @steffanwatkins @no_itsmyturn @BryanPassifiume pic.twitter.com/faP0NUO0DL— Peter Vogel (@PeterVogel) September 18, 2023