3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Tailnumbers

Savannah – I’ve been trying to put together a list of tail numbers for the helicopters assigned to the 3rd Aviation Brigade at Hunter AAF for a while now and I’ve finally come up with one. I’ve used what I’ve heard on the radios, seen on Mode-S/ADS-B, and information from other spotter sources such as Scramble to come up with the list below. Over the last few years, the composition of the Brigade has changed. One change was the loss of 3-17 Cav’s OH-58s, after which they took over the AH-64Ds of  the Attack Helicopter Battalion, 1-3 AVN.  Additionally, C/2-3 AVN and 4-3 AVN traded their UH-60A and UH-60Ls for HH-60Ms and UH-60 Ms. The Brigade currently has 3 flying battalions (plus one support battalion). 2-3 Aviation, the “Knighthawks,” is the General Support Aviation Battalion with UH-60L Blackhawks, CH-47F Chinooks, and HH-60M Blackhawks. 3-17 Cav, “Lighthorse,” is equipped with the AH-64D Apache. The Assault Battalion is 4-3 Aviation, “Brawler,” equipped with UH-60M Blackhawks.

UH-60M, 13-20592, 4-3 AVN
UH-60M, 13-20592, 4-3 AVN

2-3 AVN
05-27055, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
05-27067, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
06-27082, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
92-26445, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
94-26540, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
98-26812, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
98-26814, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
99-26830, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
99-26831, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
99-26832, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
99-26841, UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN

06-08022, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
06-08024, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
06-08028, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
07-08038, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
07-08039, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
08-08053, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
08-08054, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
08-08777, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
10-08804, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
10-08807, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN
12-08875, CH-47F B/2-3 AVN

13-20609, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
13-20610, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
13-20612, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
13-20615, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
13-20616, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
14-20679, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
14-20680, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
14-20681, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
14-20682, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
14-20684, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN
14-20685, HH-60M C/2-3 AVN

3-17 Cav
03-05395, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
04-05436, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
07-05517, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
07-05518, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
07-07043, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
07-07045, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
07-07046, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
08-07048, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
08-07049, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
09-05591, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
09-05592, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
09-05594, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
09-05596, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
09-05599, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav
09-05605, AH-64D, 3-17 Cav

4-3 AVN
12-20539, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20576, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20577, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20579, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20585, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20586, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20589, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20591, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
12-20592, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20571, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20572, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20573, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-25076, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20580, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20581, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20584, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20585, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20586, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20587, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20588, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20589, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20591, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20637, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20646, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20647, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
13-20648, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20649, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20650, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-26051, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20650, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20651, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20652, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20653, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20654, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20655, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20657, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20658, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN
14-20683, UH-60M, 4-3 AVN

If you have any corrections or additions, please let me know. I’m more of a radio hobbyist than mil-spotter and always welcome any input on aircraft and tail numbers.

3rd Aviation Brigade UH-60M News and Update; 17 June 2014

The day after I was searching for news on the UH-60Ms at Hunter AAF, Edwin from the Apache Research Group sent me a link to an Army news story on them (it looks like I was looking a day too early!).  The article confirms that the 3rd Aviation Brigade has received UH-60Ms, but it also indicates that they’ve been receiving training on them, which is what the activity I’ve heard sounded like.  While the article doesn’t come out and state it, it would appear that the UH-60Ms are going to 4-3 AVN (all of the personnel quoted in the article are from 4-3 AVN).  Three of the new aircraft have been heard on 4-3 AVN’s operations frequency, indicating that those aircraft (20572, 20573, and 20610) are 4-3 AVN aircraft.

A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter sits on the flight line of Hunter Army Airfield June 10, where 3rd Combat Aviation pilots are training on the newly-fielded equipment. (Photo from US Army News Archives)
A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter sits on the flight line of Hunter Army Airfield June 10, where 3rd Combat Aviation pilots are training on the newly-fielded equipment. (Photo from US Army News Archives)

So far, I’ve heard fourteen of the UH-60Ms.  A list of their tail numbers and Mode-S (when known) is below. Interestingly, many of them have also been transmitting ADS-B data, which is unusual for military aircraft and I expect to see that come to an end (like it did with the P-8As when they first started arriving at NAS Jacksonville).  The tail numbers below are derived from the Mode-S data I’ve seen and all of them may not be correct; there’s certainly a question about 12-5072.

  • 12-20539 (AE5686)
  • 12(?)-20572 (AE56A4)
  • 13-20573 (AE56A5)
  • 13-20576 (AE56A8)
  • 13-20577 (AE56A9)
  • 13-20579 (AE56AB)
  • 13-20581 (AE56AD)
  • 13-20584 (AE56B0)
  • 13-20585 (AE56B1)
  • 13-20609 (AE56C9)
  • 13-20610 (AE56CA)
  • 13-20611
  • 13-20612 (AE56CC)
  • 13-20613 (AE56CD)
Two UH-60Ms (20581 in red and 20585 in white) around Hunter AAF and two GULFTEST flights (in green) off of the coast as seen on ADS-B.
Two UH-60Ms (20581 in red and 20585 in white) around Hunter AAF and two GULFTEST flights (in green) off of the coast as seen on ADS-B.

3rd Aviation Brigade UH-60Ms – Update

Savannah – On 10 June 2014, I posted that UH-60Ms were flying out of Hunter AAF and that I believed that they were new helicopters for the 3rd Aviation Brigade based at Hunter.  Radio monitoring over the last several days seems to back that up.  This post includes corrections on some tail numbers as well as more new UH-60Ms heard since Tuesday.

So far, I’ve heard twelve of the thirteen new UH-60Ms flying at Hunter.  Of those twelve, two have been heard on the 4-3 AVN Brawler Ops frequency so I felt comfortable as identifying them as 4-3 AVN aircraft (20573 and 20610).  At this point, I’m also comfortable identifying the rest as 3rd Aviation Brigade aircraft since the crews are familiar with the airspace and local landmarks and have been flying what seemed like normal flights for 3rd Aviation Brigade aircraft.

  • ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20610 (4-3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20573 (4-3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20539 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20572 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20576 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20577 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20579 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20581 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20584 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20585 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20609 (3 AVN)
  • ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20612 (3 AVN)

As I also mentioned in the previous post, some of the UH-60Ms have shown up on the  Mode-S receiver.  Of the thirteen, eleven have so far shown up, helping provide tail number information for them.  Note that while 20613 below has been seen on Mode-S, I haven’t heard it on the radios yet.

  • AE5686 – UH-60M, 12-20539, 3 AVN (12 20539)
  • AE56A4 – UH-60M, 12-20572, 3 AVN (R20572)
  • AE56A5 – UH-60M, 13-20573, 4-3 AVN (R1320573)
  • AE56A9 – UH-60M, 13-20577, 3 AVN (R20577)
  • AE56AB – UH-60M, 13-20579, 3 AVN (R1320579)
  • AE56AD – UH-60M, 13-20581, 3 AVN (R1320581)
  • AE56B0 – UH-60M, 13-20584, 3 AVN (R20584)
  • AE56C9 – UH-60M, 13-20609, 3 AVN (R20609)
  • AE56CA – UH-60M, 13-20610, 4-3 AVN (5117 on Box, 20610 on ATC)
  • AE56CC – UH-60M, 13-20612, 3 AVN (R20612)
  • AE56CD – UH-60M, 13-20613, 3 AVN (R20613)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20539 (in white)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20539 (in white)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20573 (in white)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20573 (in white)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20612 (in white)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20612 (in white)

UH-60Ms for 3rd Aviation Brigade?

Note:  This post has been updated with new information and corrected tail numbers in a new post on 13 June 2014, please see it for the most up to date information on the UH-60Ms.

Savannah – It appears that the 3rd Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA is getting some new helicopters.  This morning I was out and about running errands and when I got home I saw that the RadarBox had recorded some UH-60Ms with altitudes indicating that they were going into/out of Hunter AAF.  Just afterward, I heard BLACKHAWK 20585 and BLACKHAWK 20610 in the pattern at Hunter AAF; those callsigns conform to MH-60Ms as well.  Over the course of the afternoon, I ended up hearing seven UH-60Ms flying in the Hunter AAF area:

  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20572 (3 AVN?)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20577 (3 AVN?)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20579 (3 AVN?)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20581 (3 AVN?)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20584 (3 AVN?)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20585 (3 AVN?)
  • ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20610 (4-3 AVN)

The pilots and crews were familiar with the airspace and seemed to be 3rd Aviation Brigade crews.  Some aircraft were doing pattern work, one went to Fort Stewart a couple of times, and some received clearances to the Statesboro area. 20610 is most likely a 4-3 AVN aircraft because it came up on 4-3 AVN Ops at one point inquiring about fuel.

Interestingly, all but 20585 were transmitting Mode-S data and most of them were also transmitting ADS-B (position) data that plotted on the RadarBox’s map.  The RadarBox log also showed 20613 but I didn’t hear it on the radio (apparently I got home after it had already landed).  AE56CA is probably 20610 but the Flight ID was showing an R (for ARMY) like the others were; its activity being plotted on the map, however, corresponded to what I was hearing from ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20610 on the radios.

  • AE56CA – not in db (5117) – ARMY 20610?, MH-60M?, 12-20610?
  • AE56CD – UH-60M?, 12-20613, 3 AVN? (R20613)
  • AE56A4 – UH-60M, 12-20572, 3 AVN? (R20572)
  • AE56AB – UH-60M, 12-20579, 3 AVN? (R1320579)
  • AE56B0 – UH-60M, 12-20584, 3 AVN? (R20584)
  • AE56A9 – UH-60M. 12-20577, 3 AVN? (R20577)

Below are some ADS-B maps from the day’s listening.  Hunter AAF is the line that runs roughly horizontal just below the + that is marked “Home.”  White and blue dashed lines indicate predicted heading, the purple traces show the flight path the aircraft have taken.

ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20577 on ADS-B
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20577 (in white) on ADS-B
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20579 on ADS-B
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20579 (in white) on ADS-B
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20584 on ADS-B
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20584 (in blue, southeast of the Home marker) on ADS-B
This is probably ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20610; at the same time as this, it was doing approaches at Hunter AAF.
This is probably ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20610 (in white); at the same time as this, it was doing approaches at Hunter AAF.
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20572 on ADS-B
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20572 (in white) on ADS-B

 

Hunter AAF Helicopter Tailnumbers

For my friends and readers who are aircraft spotters, here are tail numbers for 3rd AVN aircraft that I’ve monitored since the 3rd AVN Brigade began flying again.  Unit identifications are based on which battalion ops frequency the helicopter has been heard reporting in to.  I’ll update this list in the future as I hear more.   Note that the first numbers in the OH-58D callsigns do not always seem to equate to the actual tailnumber year for some reason.

1-3 AVN
65004 – AH-64D
75025 – AH-64D
95097 – AH-64D
95111 – AH-64D
95115 – AH-64D
95117 – AH-64D
95118 – AH-64D
95120 – AH-64D
95141 – AH-64D

2-3 AVN
26595 – UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
26717 – UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN
23956 – UH-60A, C/2-3 AVN
24428 – UH-60A, C/2-3 AVN

4-3 AVN
26635 – UH-60L
26693 – UH-60L
26707 – UH-60L
26714 – UH-60L
27045 – UH-60L
27048 – UH-60L

3-17 CAV
00537 – OH-58D
00542 – OH-58D
00561 – OH-58D
00964 – OH-58D