An F-35 stealth aircraft suffered the loss of a two foot panel during a training mission recently near Okinawa.

The panel, which was 12 inches by 24 inches, fell from the F-35A Lightning II on Thursday about 65 miles east of Okinawa. It was “most likely lost over the ocean,” according to a late Monday news release from 18th Wing Public Affairs.

“The item was discovered missing by the pilot’s wingman as the fighter jets were coming in for landing,” the release said. The service confirmed the panel was missing after a post-flight inspection.” – The Hill

Featured image by US Air Force

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