Aerospace and defense journalists have launched a worldwide manhunt to identify the whereabouts of Vice Adm David Venlet.
Despite being named as F-35 program manager last February, and assuming the position last May, Venlet has been sighted in public only once -- and that was in Ottawa on the same day that all aerospace and defense journalists were traveling in the opposite direction to London.
Two months after no-showing the traditionally joint Lockheed-JPO press conference at Farnborough, Venlet also failed to appear today at the traditionally joint Lockheed-JPO press conference at the AFA convention.
Moreover, Venlet has instructed subordinates to ignore all requests for comment by the press, despite sitting on top of a program that consumes $11 billion a year in taxpayer funds.
Despite sending numerous emails and leaving countless voice mails, this aerospace journalist/blogger hasn't received so much as an "out-of-office" automated reply from the formerly professional F-35 government press office since attending a disaster of a media roundtable hosted by Venlet's predecessor last June.
If you have seen this man or know about his whereabouts, contact your nearest journalist/blogger, and maybe we will finally hear his side of the F-35 story.