How Did An F-35 Fighter Jet Vanish?

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How Did An F-35 Fighter Jet Vanish?


It’s early April 2019 and a flight of four
Japanese Self-Defense Forces F-35s take off for a routine training flight. At the lead is an experienced pilot with 3,200
hours of total flight time and 60 hours with the cutting-edge fighter. After a brief flight though, the lead officer
signals an abort to the training exercise and then mysteriously vanishes from radar. But how in the world does an F-35, the most
advanced plane in the world, go missing? The weather that day had been perfect for
flying, warm and sunny with few clouds in the sky. As a close ally of the United States, Japan
has been a partner in the F-35 program and one of the few nations cleared for sale of
the state-of-the-art fighter jet. In anticipation of a purchase of almost two
hundred aircraft, Japanese pilots had begun flying F-35s shipped over from the United
States in order to familiarize themselves with the machine and its technology. What was just another routine training flight
however ended in tragedy and mystery when the flight’s lead suddenly disappeared. After only twenty eight minutes in the air,
the flight’s lead sent out a single signal to the rest of his pilots, ordering an abort
to the exercise. Shortly after the F-35 simply disappeared
from radar, its identification beacon was either turned off or began malfunctioning. With the beacon not operational, the F-35’s
stealth features would’ve made it difficult to track, and the last thing radar operators
knew was that the plane was headed down and looked to be in serious trouble. While hard data is all but impossible to ascertain
given the extreme secrecy behind the aircraft, investigators were hoping to find clues as
to what happened from the classified communications and data sharing system on board the jet. What is known is that the pilot did not signal
for help, and it’s believed that he did not eject- or if he did, he never activated a
rescue beacon, which only adds even more mystery to the entire event. The aircraft crashed just north of the main
Japanese island, in waters almost 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) deep, which would make recovery
of its components very difficult. An initial search for the craft involved the
Japanese navy, though they worked in close cooperation with the US military to include
secretive US high altitude reconnaissance planes. Working in conjunction, the search effort
discovered pieces of the plane’s left and right rudders two hours after it went down,
but further wreckage would take weeks to locate. The US chartered a civilian deep sea diving
support vessel, the Van Gogh, and dispatched a remotely operated vehicle to aid in the
undersea search. With a maximum depth of 20,000 feet (9,000
meters) there’s few places in the ocean the ROV can’t go. The Japanese quickly dispatched the Kaimei,
a deep sea scientific survey ship along with their own ROVs. The immediate concern was that China or Russia
would be able to locate the wreckage first, and plunder the secrets of the high-tech aircraft. The US was adamant however that there was
no chance that either nation would be able to find the jet first, and given its stealth
characteristics and the proximity to US and Japanese forces when it went down, it does
seem likely that neither China or Russia would have had the time to find the jet before American
and Japanese assets reached the area. However fears of plundering military secrets
from wreckage at the bottom of the sea are not completely unfounded, as the US Navy famously
lifted up half of a destroyed Soviet nuclear sub during the Cold War, keeping the entire
operation a secret and recovering several manuals and two nuclear torpedoes- all without
Soviet knowledge. If that were to happen here, it could catapult
both the Russian and Chinese 5th generation fighter programs by reverse engineering American
technology. While both nations are developing stealth
fighters, it is widely believed that neither the Chinese or Russian planes will ultimately
be as capable as the F-35, although both will be an impressive effort for nations with very
little experience building stealth aircraft. Given the fact that it took a month to recover
part of the flight data recorder and cockpit from the bottom of the sea though, it’s highly
unlikely that China or Russia would have any better luck in locating the other missing
wreckage, and for their part the US and Japan have both officially stopped looking. The contents of the flight data recorder are
naturally, classified, though what is known is that large parts of the information it
contains is missing due to damage. This implies a catastrophic crash into the
ocean, but what is stranger is the fact that the pilot never seemed to call for help or
indicate distress, aside from signaling an abort to the exercise. So what could have caused the crash? Perhaps there was a problem with the oxygen
delivery system similar to what plagued the early F-22s, which caused dizziness and even
blackouts among American pilots. If the pilot had experienced issues with his
oxygen delivery system, he could very well have gotten extremely confused, or outright
blacked out- that would explain the lack of radio communications as the plane plummeted
to its doom. However the F-22 oxygen system issues were
well documented across several aircraft, and no such problem has been made known about
the F-35, so it’s highly unlikely that this was the case. Another theory is that the plane was purposefully
downed by a pre-positioned Chinese or Russian surface or aerial asset. Perhaps the plane was blasted by an electromagnetic
weapon which would have caused a loss of radio communications, and potentially loss of control
of the aircraft. Both China and Russia would have strong incentive
to get their hands on an F-35, even if it was a crashed one, in order to plunder the
secrets of its construction and materials. This too is unlikely though, as the F-35 is
hardened against EMPs and would have required a very powerful blast of electromagnetic energy
to seriously damage the craft. Even then its sensitive onboard radars would
have easily detected another plane or even drone in the area, and the other three flight
members would have definitely detected the discharge of a powerful electromagnetic weapon. If a traditional kinetic weapon such as a
missile was used, there’s simply no way that the F-35’s missile defense systems wouldn’t
have reacted, and even that wouldn’t explain the complete lack of communications. The last theory as to the cause of the crash
is probably our favorite, and one we’re not surprised to hear about at all. This theory which is currently making the
rounds on the internet speculates that aliens disabled the aircraft either by accident or
on purpose. The thinking is that the F-35 presents one
of the most advanced fighter aircraft in the human arsenal, and perhaps the aliens were
testing their ability to knock one out of the sky in case of conflict. Or perhaps the aliens are intergalactic klutzes
and Space Cadet First Class Myxoblorp accidentally leaned on the death ray cannon’s firing mechanism
and blasted the fighter jet to smithereens. In that case Japan is definitely owed reparations. In the case that the plane was blasted out
of the sky because of the threat it might represent, well then we’d have to be dealing
with pretty unimaginative aliens, as no species that can cross the galaxy should be afraid
of an air-breathing fighter jet that can’t even leave the atmosphere. If they truly wanted to destroy us it would
be as easy as sitting in orbit and hurling large rocks down onto our heads. Whatever happened to the F-35 will probably
remain a mystery given how little evidence is publicly available given the extremely
classified nature of the F-35 program. Sadly what ultimately happened is likely only
known to a few select American and Japanese officials, but we here at The Infographics
Show are confident that it was in fact Myxoblorp who accidentally blasted the jet to pieces. He’s always been an intergalactic klutz. If you liked this video, watch our other video:
US F-35 vs Russian Su-35 Fighter Jet – Which Would Win? And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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100 Comments

The Infographics Show · June 24, 2019 at 9:10 am

Coincidence, accident, aliens… What do you think?

dronetalk 316 · June 25, 2019 at 5:37 am

Its not missing. Its so stealthy u just cant see it.

Ben W · June 25, 2019 at 6:05 am

Clicked this vid just to correct you. Jet*****

Ok byeeee

Aleksandar Savevski · June 25, 2019 at 6:14 am

Aliens yeah right lol thats the stuppidest theory ever

Derrick Holzhey · June 25, 2019 at 7:33 am

Its not called f35 stealth for no reason

Обрен Милићевић · June 25, 2019 at 7:35 am

Thankfully,it disappeared.

wakd canuck · June 25, 2019 at 11:02 am

It was probably a mk2 oppressor that activated ghost organization

M D · June 25, 2019 at 11:46 am

It was intercepted by an 60 year old mig21. Who flys faster, is more manouverable than this "modern" f35.

CivilCIA · June 25, 2019 at 11:48 am

I say espionage. He probly on purposely down the aircraft and the Chinese and Russians are probly waiting to make this stuff up And left before Japanese American ships got there

PappiTorb · June 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm

The guy dipped and is currently selling parts on the black market!

PappiTorb · June 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

If Japan and Us were working together, the Japanese probably didn’t know what went into the Jet therefore Yoinked it from the Us to Study it and steal parts

derich f · June 25, 2019 at 12:37 pm

The F-35 Crashed Because Of Loss Of Oxygen
I Know I’am Not A Japanese Or A U.S Fighter ArmyBut I’am Smart

the epic gamer · June 25, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Maybe Russia had a railgun and shot the plane down

XRISTOS TERT · June 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Maybe the pilot was a spy and something went wrong in the mission of gating the information of the plane

CryPt_Nxvrt · June 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Why don't they just ask the other pilots?

Paul Productions · June 25, 2019 at 3:34 pm

he left flight sim x

Mangesh Sonawane · June 25, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Most advanced plane has technical issues.

M J Pes player · June 25, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Electronic systems malfunctioned and ejection and radio is now working due to that,a reliability problem and the cover up story is on the way.

Tamim Ahmed · June 25, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Probably got shipped off to North Korea lol

•- JF17 Thunder-• · June 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm

They can build the best aircraft but they don’t have Pakistani Pilots who r best in the business .

Tommy Weaver · June 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

Are you serious?Aliens?no that’s dumb what if he just wanted to commit suicide? 🛩🔥

Noel Blake · June 25, 2019 at 9:33 pm

He heard rumors it could fly underwater so he tried it

King Ken · June 25, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Or it is a russian or chinese trying to steal the plane

M S · June 25, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Since we're talking about Japan here, it was probably suicide.

Komrade Tree · June 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm

He has defected to Russia

Komrade Tree · June 26, 2019 at 12:02 am

The Russian fighters will not be as capable, they will be more capable!

SourTaco · June 26, 2019 at 1:35 am

Plot twist: the pilot was a Russian or Chinese spy that purposely crashed the plane so they could find it

Eternal Expiditionist Realm · June 26, 2019 at 1:40 am

It was most likely a suicide

TipOfTheSpear · June 26, 2019 at 4:20 am

Isn't the whole point of the jet to disappear from radar.

Hritwik Paul · June 26, 2019 at 4:39 am

Either the Japanese pilot had unexpected illness that day and called to abort mission or the F-35 was malfunctioning because it is a 100 million dollar garbage

f581474x · June 26, 2019 at 7:02 am

Could it be Suicide

rian strickland · June 26, 2019 at 9:33 am

It fell in ocean and the Megaladon ate it whole 🤷🏽‍♂️

Anastasia Karenina · June 26, 2019 at 10:34 am

it probably crashed

Anastasia Karenina · June 26, 2019 at 10:35 am

the f-35 is full of flaws

yo boi piZza · June 26, 2019 at 11:36 am

3:07 Great, i hope russian spys are not watching this

DerpCube · June 26, 2019 at 5:24 pm

What if the pilot defected and crash landed the f 35 onto an aircraft carrier-submarine?

Ape X · June 26, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Wat if the aliens be so woke, they took the F35 and the pilot to smoke something

HAVANA SCP · June 26, 2019 at 6:07 pm

They are so stealth they disappear 😁😁 from everyone 😁😁

Tony Tweedy · June 26, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Why isn't pilot suicide in the list?

smurfx · June 27, 2019 at 3:00 am

no theory on the pilot committing suicide?

ATL FLUX · June 27, 2019 at 3:05 am

Did they find the body though

F.B.I · June 27, 2019 at 4:16 am

or its just fate

Timothy Clift · June 27, 2019 at 6:09 am

Trump needed a few quick bucks. He hates immigrants except if their spread eagled in his bed too! Lol 😂

Shin Ping Tio · June 27, 2019 at 11:28 am

100$ plane? Science when was an F35 this cheap

Shawanbala Chanambam · June 27, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Maybe the pilot fainted somehow and then the plane sank without leaving a chance for the pilot to call for help
BTW I'm Amber and in 11 ys old

Joey Sorrenti · June 27, 2019 at 5:44 pm

I think the guy was in with the Chinese and it all happened on purpose

Megan Holian · June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Or someone was either in the jet, or obtained radio contact, threatened the pilot that they would knock down the other jets (or something of that nature) and forced him to crash the jet

Groo t · June 28, 2019 at 4:18 am

Just like my friends when I give then my stuff

CRINGE 101 CENTRAL · June 28, 2019 at 6:16 am

He probably had a heart attack

TimmySG · June 28, 2019 at 6:19 am

hmmmmmmmmmmm, i think the jet might have been a little old or the beacon wasn't attached to strongly; and it might have fallen due to high speeds????

OptimusGaming 45 · June 28, 2019 at 9:46 am

Maybe the pilot is practicing Kamikaze

Mr. Banana · June 28, 2019 at 11:54 am

What aboat him making a sueside?

зSoulFireз · June 28, 2019 at 5:35 pm

He probably killed himself..

Obaid Rehman · June 28, 2019 at 6:55 pm

this channel does an awesome job of spreading hate.

Graham Erickson · June 28, 2019 at 10:45 pm

Pilot Worked For China/Russia

Kid Genius · June 29, 2019 at 2:55 am

What did the pilots of the other jet's report? Where there any bullet holes in the canopy? There could of been a Russian or Chinese ship or a enemy Russian or Chinese ground battery nearby which fired upon the jet, which killed the pilot before he could radio for help, by sheer luck. It's actually pretty likely given the tensions going on, and the ground battery or ship could of been just further enough to shoot the jet

Marcelo Minal · June 29, 2019 at 4:50 am

What if he commited suicide?

It seems much more 'parcimonious' than flying saucers that didn't appear on the radar.

Harrison Lee · June 29, 2019 at 9:47 am

Wait if he was flying with 3 other pilots well then wouldn't at least one of them have seen what happened?

KW Entertainment · June 30, 2019 at 7:41 am

Obviously he forgot to set his beacon to the Wumbo setting. It's first grade guys!

Adamant Destroyer · June 30, 2019 at 9:06 am

How about suicide

Rian Mc Shane · June 30, 2019 at 4:55 pm

I FOUND IT (it's at 2 minutes don't tell anyone

Sam Hughes · June 30, 2019 at 6:10 pm

What is the Bermuda triangle took that down

Jakejdjmdj Heuahdhejehjen · June 30, 2019 at 8:31 pm

2:17
Is it just me or did he just say the name of an artist Vincent Van Gogh

ndjkamdkja Alparslan · July 1, 2019 at 5:34 am

SNEAK 100
ILLUSION 100

Strike The Valstrax · July 1, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Japanese pilots: we have little fuel to get back what do we do?

Instructor:

Ichachi Bee SG · July 1, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Scientist couldn't figure out why the train in GTA 5 can't stop too.

Aidan Dunwoody · July 2, 2019 at 6:03 am

What happened to the F-35 polit?

dwarsinskey David Warsinskey · July 2, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Isn't this fairly obvious? Suicide?

Jero · July 4, 2019 at 2:05 am

Hmm, China paid him well and a chinese sub retrieved it and now it's secrets are no longer a secret!

Mark Smith · July 4, 2019 at 3:07 am

Suicide ¿

Why_C GamingHD · July 5, 2019 at 10:13 am

Navy CIS S10E4 "Lost at Sea"

(The crew sold the aircraft and said it crashed)

Jan-Erik Sandli · July 8, 2019 at 10:52 am

This is treason, the pilot obviously followed the orders of a foreign nation. If they wanted the engine and the RAM(anti-radar coating)etc., they could have planed this from the begging. Leaving the tip of the wing, a broken flight recorder and the cockpit, so the Americans would feel safe. This doesn't smell right to me, how about you?.

dexon777 · July 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm

F35 submarine mission ,you can find the plane underwater

Jebi Se · July 9, 2019 at 9:13 pm

how is stealth fighter on a radar?

Subaru STi · July 10, 2019 at 6:36 pm

I agree with the last one, the UFO captured it.

Hari Natrayan · July 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm

I think it is the U.S space-based laser beams, as the 4 f-35 s looked like an ICBM from Korea. this shows the lack of radio activity, U.S responses.

Abdulrahman Yekinni · July 17, 2019 at 4:41 pm

area 51

Mariel Osias · July 20, 2019 at 5:23 am

Who do you think is smarter

1.FTD FACTS

2. Bright side

3.infographics show

Zeeshan Muhammad · July 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

US loves to boasts it's technology and keeps thinking no one else can do better. In the early 60s the Soviets slapped the Americans hard across the face when Sputnik went into service. So let's not get to ahead of ourselves. The Chinese have been known to be very very crafty.. Besides there's no bounds to human inginuity

JORDZI ! · July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

aliens: they're on to us

TUIfly Pilot · July 24, 2019 at 5:35 pm

0:16 im sorry, but that isn’t experienced.

Isaactheb0ss · July 28, 2019 at 12:44 am

An F-35 is supposed to disappear from radar, that's one of the main reasons for the plane. It's a 5th generation fighter, and it's stealth.

Isaactheb0ss · July 28, 2019 at 12:56 am

Actually, the F-35 can still appear on radar. the stealth tech can only make the radar dot a lot smaller, like the B-2 spirit appears to be about the size of what an eagle would look like on radar.

Benjamin Bowden · July 30, 2019 at 12:47 pm

What about the other three planes they didnt see anything?

Raymond Rautenbach · July 30, 2019 at 8:08 pm

Yet again america has the best equipment so tired of hearing that the new Sukhoi will out perform the f35 by far

afsfasdf asdfasdf · August 1, 2019 at 11:47 am

or maybe it was a suicide. think about it.

he abruptly told the others to abort with no explanation.
there were no radio communications.

253JONNYSTUART · August 1, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Another MH370 scenario. Mis-understandings…. Japan wanted to 'experiment' with the aircraft.

FlyingFishTank · August 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Japan: “Hey US… we uhhh kinda lost an F35”

USA: ”Say Sike right now”

Tyyppi kyl · August 2, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Heart attack

Sagyjups · August 3, 2019 at 8:08 am

I’d say the USA took it for secrets and lied to the Japanonjzdb

AVIATION SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE · August 3, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Data sharing system, learnt something new!

AVIATION SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE · August 3, 2019 at 4:38 pm

The Oxygen delivery system, OBOGS OnBoard Oxygen Generation System.

Yejoon Yang · August 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm

New theory, the pilot committed suicide by turning off the beacon, calling off the excersise, and finally crashing the plane

Falah Alsharafi · August 7, 2019 at 8:20 am

Probably Area 51

Mysticgaming 101 · August 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm

I have two theories. China or Russia put parts of a plane in the water, and paid the pilot to disable the tracker and fly the plane to a base. Or, he faked his death because he doesn’t want to fly a plane anymore.

UK Aircraft Spotters Official · August 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm

My theory is that either a foreign pilot or potentially one of the other pilots blinded the pilot with a lazer, maybe as he said to abort the mission because he sensed he was about to pass out, the lazers became so hot and powerful that it made him pass out and as such he wouldn't be able to respond or control the aircraft, leading to the crash and death of the pilot. That's my theory

Arky Darky · August 14, 2019 at 2:50 am

It committed 370

Nuke · August 14, 2019 at 9:55 am

he commit die

Alan Caldoza · August 16, 2019 at 3:50 am

The one F-117 sold by US to China did'nt seem enough for China to disect. So they ask for a better one in guise that it crash. This is not the first time both US and then USSR now Russia share secrets in aviation technology

28dayslater559 · August 18, 2019 at 9:14 pm

The pilot was a spy, and flew the plane back to China. Just my hunch.

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