A Quick Trip to the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation – Mini Road Trip Report and B-17 Update

Warner Robins, GA – Since my vacation week coming up in January is looking full and I’ve been curious about the progress on the museum’s B-17, I decided to make a quick trip to the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation this morning. I-16 is notorious for being a dull drive, but if you turn on the amateur radio and scanning gear, there is plenty to listen to during the drive. On this trip to the museum, I remembered to bring the DSLR and the big zoom lens and I lucked out in catching an E-8C and a couple of KC-135s as they flew over and behind the museum on departure from Robins AFB.

The Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB

Amateur Radio

I left Savannah just after 0700, so Amateur Radio repeaters on the way up to Warner Robins were pretty active with folks heading out to work. The Peach State Intertie System repeaters in Warner Robins and Macon were particularly active as was the 147.150 repeater in Cedar Grove. Starting with the Dublin area and moving west toward Warner Robins, here’s what I heard:

Amateur Radio Repeaters
147.330 (PL 77.0) – Dublin
147.360 (CSQ) – Dublin
147.150 (PL 123.0) – Cedar Grove
146.670 (PL 82.5) – Warner Robins, Peach State Intertie
146.850 (CSQ) – Warner Robins, Peach State Intertie
443.150 (PL 82.5) – Warner Robins
146.995 (PL 107.2) – Perry
145.430 (PL 85.4) – Macon
146.895 (PL 88.5) – Macon, Peach State Intertie
147.015 (PL 88.5) – Macon

Public Safety

As usual, there wasn’t a lot of Fire/EMS/Rescue traffic to be heard between Pembroke and Dublin on I-16. Once in the Dublin area, the Laurens County DMR TRS was fairly busy with EMS calls and of course, just west of Dublin, I started picking up the Houston-Peach Regional Radio System and it was very active with Fire/EMS traffic from the Warner Robins area. One notable catch was Wrightsville FD Dispatch; it was the first time I’ve heard them on DMR during my trips up and down I-16.

155.2200 (PL 91.5) – Evans County EMS Dispatch
154.2350 (DMR Slot 1, Color 7) – Wrightsville FD Dispatch (Johnson Co)
155.8800 (PL 173.8) – Swainsboro FD Dispatch (Emanuel Co)

159.2250 (PL 123.0) – Georgia Forestry D3 Repeater
159.2400 (PL 167.9) – Georgia Forestry D6 Bleckley Repeater

Bulloch County TRS
TG 2832 – Bulloch EMS Dispatch

Houston-Peach Regional Radio System
TG 31 – Houston County EMS Dispatch
TG 33 – Perry ER
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 91 – Centerville FD Dispatch
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch

Laurens County DMR TRS
TG 100 (Slot 1, Color 1) – Laurens County EMS
TG 300 (Slot 1, Color 1) – Laurens County FD

Military Aviation/Aviation

If you like aviation, there is no lack of anything to listen to on the trip from Savannah to Warner Robins and back. The trip takes you through an area in which you can hear aircraft in the Savannah, Augusta, Macon, Warner Robins, Atlanta, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, and Jacksonville areas, so the VHF air band is very active. On the morning trip up, there wasn’t a lot of MilCom activity to listen to, but once in the Warner Robins area there was a bit of traffic in and out of Robins AFB and some of the operating areas were active on the way home. In addition to a couple of E-8C JSTARS departures, there were a couple of KC-135 Stratotankers in the pattern at Robins AFB and some F-16s from McEntire JNGB were doing some SEAD/DEAD training in the Bulldog MOA while I was between Dublin and Statesboro on the way back to Savannah.

Robins AFB
133.225 – Robins AFB Tower
257.975 – Robins AFB Tower
119.600 – Atlanta TRACON
124.200 – Atlanta TRACON
279.600 – Atlanta TRACON
225.925 – Robins ALC CP

USAF TRS (157 – Robins AFB site)
TG 56045 – Robins Air Logistics Center (ALC)
TG 56074 – Robins Air Logistics Center (ALC)
TG 56121 – Robins AFB Base Ops
TG 56122 – Robins AFB Tower; enc
TG 56123 – Robins AFB Crash/Fire; enc
TG 56141 – 116th/461st ACW; enc
TG 56166 – 116th/461st ACW MOC; enc
TG 56193 – Unknown
TG 56213 – Unknown

119.150 – Augusta TRACON
126.800 – Augusta TRACON

MCAS Beaufort
125.125 – Beaufort Approach/Departure
292.125 – Beaufort Approach/Departure

Joint Base Charleston/Charleston IAP
120.700 – Charleston TRACON
135.800 – Charleston TRACON

133.400 – Columbia TRACON

121.300 – Jacksonville TRACON
127.000 – Jacksonville TRACON

343.750 – Bulldog MOA
228.400 – Townsend Range
120.950 – SEALORD Primary
284.500 – SEALORD Primary
226.025 – SEALORD Discrete (used by VMFAT-501)
326.700 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1
349.225 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2
341.825 – VMFAT-501 Tac 3
298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW V14

Jacksonville ARTCC
126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
126.350 – Jax Center St. Augustine High
126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
127.575 – Jax Center Waycross Low
127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
127.950 – Jax Center Charleston Low
132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
133.625 – Jax Center Georgetown High
133.700 – Jax Center Baxley Low
134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
135.450 – Jax Center Keystone Ultra High
135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
363.200 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

Atlanta ARTCC
119.375 – Atlanta Center Macon High
120.425 – Atlanta Center Georgia High
120.450 – Atlanta Center Tiroe Low
123.950 – Atlanta Center Sinca Low
124.325 – Atlanta Center Clark Hill Ultra High
124.375 – Atlanta Center Lanier High
125.575 – Atlanta Center Lagrange High
125.825 – Atlanta Center Hampton Ultra High
126.425 – Atlanta Center Dublin High
128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
134.500 – Atlanta Center South Departure Low
322.325 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low

Robins AFB Museum of Aviation

The Museum of Aviation has several changes since my last visit in June. First, they’re making great progress on their B-17G. In June, they were still working on removing corrosion prior to mounting the engines; on this trip, two of the four engines were mounted and a volunteer appeared to be doing preparatory work for mounting another. Second, the F-15 that was out by US 129 has been mounted on a pedestal since my last visit and it looks very good. Finally, I noticed in the Scott Hangar near the B-17 that the museum has acquired an H-57; it appears to be a training aircraft based on the large white numbers painted behind the doors.

It also looks like the B-52 and KC-97 at the Museum of Aviation have recently been repainted. Both are looking terrific and the KC-97 is now in Missouri Air National Guard markings (and as you can see, the weather was gorgeous!).

Categories: Amateur Radio, Aviation, MilCom, Museum of Aviation, Public Safety, Road Trip, Robins AFB, USAF TRS, Warner Robins

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