High-altitude US recon plane joins search for F-35 and missing Japanese pilot
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Japan Air Self-Defense Force on Friday identified the pilot missing since his stealth fighter plunged Tuesday into the Pacific Ocean as Maj. Akinori Hosomi.
Also Friday, U.S. Forces Japan said an Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady tactical reconnaissance plane has joined the search for Hosomi and the F-35A Lightning II fighter he was flying when it disappeared just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Lightning II went down approximately 85 miles east of Misawa Air Base, its home field in northeastern Japan, just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. A search team found parts of the downed aircraft’s left and right rudders in the water about two hours later, the JASDF said Wednesday.
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