The Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) announced via their Facebook page this afternoon that F-22 Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB would be arriving at the CRTC this week and operating from there throughout the rest of July and the month of August.
I saw the Facebook post including photos of several F-22s on the CRTC ramp at Savannah IAP after dozing off for a bit this afternoon. I took a ride out to the airport to see what I could see but nothing was visible from any of the pubic vantage points but apparently only 2 or 3 are already here. This just proves that “If you snooze, you lose” because I apparently missed their arrival on the radios while napping! Looking back on the week’s monitoring I have to wonder if DAWG 40’s (C-130H, 165th AW) arrival to the CRTC ramp yesterday to drop off cargo and passengers may have been the arrival of support personnel and equipment?
Based on the photos posted by the CRTC, it appears that the F-22s that arrived today are from the 94th FS. The two aircraft in their photos are 08-4158 and 09-4181 which are both assigned to the 94th FS and a photo of one of the pilots shows him with the 94th FS patch on his shoulder (see photos below for the serial numbers and patch which is also seen at the right). Aircraft from the 1st FW and 94th FS have trained in Savannah at the CRTC before, but it was back when the flew the F-15C Eagle. This will be the first time F-22s have operated out of or trained at Savannah but they have trained in airspace near Savannah as recently as February of this year as part of Exercise Global Guardian. Get ready to see and hear something we’ve never seen flying around Savannah before!
The next month or so should make for good listening as the F-22s operate out of Savannah while their ramp at Langley AFB undergoes maintenance. We’ll likely be able to hear them train against F/A-18s from from MCAS Beaufort, F-15s from the 125th FW at Jacksonville IAP, and F-16s from Shaw AFB and McEntire JNGB in the offshore special use areas. Stay tuned to this space for more info!