Japan has 13 operational F-35s, with nearly 150 more on order. The planes are based with the 302nd Squadron at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori, northern Japan. A Japan Air Self-Defence Force F-35A has disappeared from radar screens during a routine training flight, Japanese national broadcaster NHK has reported, citing Defence Ministry sources. According to the military, ground control lost contact with the plane at around 7:27 pm on Tuesday, about 135 km northeast of Misawa city, during training. The plane is believed to have one pilot onboard. Maritime Self-Defence Force patrol aircraft and escort vessels are engaged in a search operation, NHK said, with the local Coast Guard also deploying two patrol vessels to help in the search. Ten F-35As were delivered to the Misawa Air Base last last year. Tokyo ordered a total of 42 F-35As in late 2011, with the existing order updated to included 63 more F-35As and 42 F-35Bs by late 2018, with Japan currently the second-largest buyer of Lockheed Martin's fifth generation stealth fighter. --- Gộp bài viết: 09/04/2019, Bài cũ từ: 09/04/2019 --- Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II fighter jet reportedly crashes over Pacific April 9, 2019 Aircraft Crash News 41 Views An F-35A Lightning II fighter jet of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force has reportedly crashed during routine training flight according to the local source.