Sentry Savannah Wrap Up – April 2019

Savannah – The April 2019 Sentry Savannah exercise wrapped up last week, with the participants leaving before the Easter weekend began. It’s been a busy week since then, so it took me a while to have the opportunity to work on a wrap-up post. The frequencies and callsigns below are what I heard in use during the exercise and the tail numbers and registrations on the aircraft are what came from photographs I took and Mode-S logs. I was told that the Draken L-159s used 262.750 for air-to-air communications while they were en route to Savannah before the exercise, but I never heard it used while I was in town and able to monitor. It’s also possible that the L-159s used the callsign NINJA on one of the days I was in Brunswick.

VIPER 71 (F-16C, 87-0276, 187th FW) landing at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport after a Sentry Savannah Sortie
BADGER 01 (L-159, N266EM, Draken International) landing at Savannah-Hilton Head IAP after a Sentry Savannah sortie

119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah TRACON
125.300/371.875 – Savannah TRACON

277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
133.950/267.500 – Sealord South Primary

288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Blue Air
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Red Air
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
252.900 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA

350.675 – ADC; 187th FW “BAMA Ops”
283.700 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
277.450 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
294.725 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
276.800 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
320.600 – Draken International L-159 Air-to-Air
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6

BAMA (F-16C, 187th FW)
PYTHON (F-16C, 187th FW)
VIPER (F-16C, 187th FW)
VENOM (F-16C, 187th FW)
BADGER (L-159, Draken International)
FANG (F-15C, 125th FW)
GATOR (F-15C, 125th FW)
BAT (KC-135R, 185th ARW)
CODER (KC-135R, 126th ARW)

F-16C, 86-0341, 187th FW “City of Opelika”
F-16C, 86-0346, 187th FW “City of Greenville”
F-16C, 87-0218, 187th FW “City of Auburn”
F-16C, 87-0220, 187th FW “City of Selma”
F-16C, 87-0221, 187th FW “City of Troy”
F-16C, 87-0222, 187th FW “City of Birmingham”
F-16C, 87-0276, 187th FW “City of Ozark”
F-16C, 87-0282, 187th FW “City of Wetumpka”
F-16C, 87-0283, 187th FW “City of Eclectic”
F-16C, 87-0336, 187th FW “City of Enterprise”

BAMA 72 (F-16C, 87-0336, 187th FW) landing at Savannah-Hilton Head IAP after a Sentry Savannah sortie

KC-135R, 59-1506, 185th ARW
KC-135R, 61-0300, 126th ARW

L-159, N266EM, Draken International
L-159, N267EM, Draken International
L-159, N269EM, Draken International
L-159, N270EM, Draken International

BADGER 04 (L-159, N270EM, Draken Intenational) landing at Savannah-Hilton Head IAP after a Sentry Savannah sortie

Hopefully this isn’t the only Sentry Savannah exercise this year and we’ll have at least one or two more; they always make for interesting listening. This one was a treat because of the Draken L-159s, it’s the first time I’ve had the opportunity to see and hear them in action. The Air Dominance Center is also in use this week; VMFAT-501 is using it to conduct training operations while MCAS Beaufort is having their annual air show, so it’s a good opportunity for those of us in the Savannah area to see some F-35Bs.

Categories: 125th Fighter Wing, 187th FW, Air Dominance Center, Callsigns, Draken International, Frequencies, Military Monitoring, Savannah IAP, Scanning, Sentry Savannah

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