French Air Force Mirage 2000s and C-135FR Arrive at Savannah IAP

Savannah – Late this afternoon, two French Air Force Mirage 2000s arrived at the Savannah Air Dominance Center at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport as FRENCH AIR FORCE 9175. They were supported by FRENCH AIR FORCE 4040 (C-135FR, 475, GRV02.91). Both the Mirages and the C-135 came in on VHF approach and tower frequencies and were also heard calling Air Dominance Center Ops on 237.000, although there seemed to be some confusion when they did. I was just leaving the airport as they landed, so I was able to get some crappy cell phone camera photos of them from a distance.

 

FRENCH AIR FORCE 9175 flight (2x Mirage 2000s) taxiing to parking at the Savannah Air Dominance Center
FRENCH AIR FORCE 9175 flight (2x Mirage 2000s) taxiing to parking at the Savannah Air Dominance Center
FRENCH AIR FORCE 4040 (C-135FR, 475, GRV02.91) taxiing to parking at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

 

The French Air Force is definitely something you don’t see very often around Savannah, especially Mirage 2000s. Back on 2 October 2017, COTAM 1014 (A310, 418, ET03.060 French AF) arrived at Hunter AAF, so there’s definitely something up. My guess is that Mirages, C-135FR, and the COTAM arrival are related to a Bold Quest exercise since there was one in Savannah around this time last year. We shall see… stay tuned for more.

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