Aircraft from Savannah-Hilton Head IAP and MCAS Beaufort Returning Home after Evacuating for Hurricane Dorian

Updated on 7 September 2019 with some aircraft that arrived in the evening after this was originally posted.

Savannah – While I was mostly preoccupied today with listening to post-Hurricane Dorian Civil Air Patrol activity around the Coastal Georgia area, I did catch some aircraft returning to Savannah-Hilton Head IAP and MCAS Beaufort after they evacuated from the path of Dorian earlier in the week. 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard and Gulfstream aircraft returned to Savannah-Hilton Head IAP and F/A-18s from VMFA-115, VMFA-251, and VMFA(AW)-533 along with F-35Bs from VMFAT-501 returned to MCAS Beaufort, SC. It also sounded like some F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw AFB and P-3s with VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville were returning home, but there was just too much going on to keep track of them.

One of the 165th AW C-130s, DAWG 08, returned to Savannah-Hilton Head IAP early in the morning, with five more returning around lunchtime. I picked them up with Jacksonville ARTCC on 132.925 before they transitioned to Savannah TRACON on 125.300 before ultimately landing at the airport with Savannah Tower on 119.100. They also checked in with ANIMAL CONTROL (165th AW) on 225.750 and there was some related traffic on the unit’s Maintenance Operation Control frequency 173.5625 ($302).

DAWG 05 (C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW)
DAWG 06 (C-130H3, 94-6706, 165th AW)
DAWG 07 (C-130H3, 94-6707, 165th AW)
DAWG 08 (C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW)
DAWG 21 (C-130H3, 94-7321, 165th AW)
DAWG 62 (C-130H, 93-1562, 165th AW)
DAWG 63 (C-130H3, 95-1563, 165th AW)

Throughout the morning, Gulfstream Aerospace aircraft that evacuated from the company’s service centers and factory at Savannah-Hilton Head airport returned home as GULFTEST ## flights. They also arrived via Jacksonville ARTCC on 132.925 before they transitioned to Savannah TRACON on 125.300 and landed at the airport with Savannah Tower on 119.100. Related traffic from the GULFTEST flights was on 123.350 with GULFTEST Ops.

GULFTEST 18 (G650, N607GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 25 (G650, N650GF, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 30 (G650, N603GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 41 (G550, N461GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 44 (G650, N650GX, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 46 (G650, N232G, Bank of Utah Trustee)
GULFTEST 64 (G650, N606GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 67 (G500, N505GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)

Throughout the afternoon, I caught F/A-18s and F-35Bs from MCAS Beaufort returning home. Most of them came in via 307.050 with Atlanta ARTCC to 282.300 and 363.200 with Jacksonville ARTCC before going to 371.875 with Savannah TRACON to 292.125 with Beaufort Approach/Departure. There was also related traffic on their squadron air-to-air and Base frequencies. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch all of the air-to-air and Base traffic due to how busy things were with the CAP activity around Savannah.

BLADE 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
TBOLT 5# (F/A-18C, VMFA-251)
HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533)
SWEDE 1# (F-35B, VMFAT-501)
HELLCAT 2# (F-35B, VMFAT-501)
MOJO 3# (F-35B, VMFAT-501)

339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
225.875 – VMFA-115 Tac 2
274.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 3
310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
234.075 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1
326.700 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1
349.225 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2
341.825 – VMFAT-501 Tac 3

The Coastal Georgia area was very lucky with Hurricane Dorian; it passed by far enough offshore that we didn’t feel near the effects that the South Carolina Lowcountry and North Carolina did, much less what the Bahamas experienced with Dorian stalling over them as a Category 5 Hurricane. Please keep those in the Bahamas and the Carolinas in your prayers and if you’re able, find a way to help support them.

Categories: 165th Airlift Wing, Aviation, Callsigns, Frequencies, Gulfstream, Hurricane, Hurricane Dorian, MCAS Beaufort, Military Monitoring, Savannah IAP, VMFA(AW)-533, VMFA-115, VMFA-251, VMFAT-501

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2 replies


  1. Post-Hurricane Dorian Survey/Photo Operations in Coastal Georgia – KF4LMT's Radio Shack
  2. Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; August and September 2019 – KF4LMT's Radio Shack

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