Royal Air Force KC2 Voyager Refueling VMFAT-501 F-35Bs off of the Georgia/South Carolina Coast

Savannah - Yesterday evening, I caught something unexpected, an RAF KC2 Voyager entering the offshore W-areas controlled by SEALORD. Initially I wasn't able to understand the callsign, but I was able to identify it by its number and its plot on ADS-B Exchange. Shortly thereafter, some F-35Bs from VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort came up and … Continue reading Royal Air Force KC2 Voyager Refueling VMFAT-501 F-35Bs off of the Georgia/South Carolina Coast

VMFAT-501 at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Savannah - With the MCAS Beaufort Air Show this weekend, VMFAT-501 has sent some of its aircraft to the Georgia Air National Guard Air Dominance Center at the Savannah Hilton-Head IAP. Since VMFAT-501's missions is to train F-35 pilots, they've come to Savannah to continue pilot training operations unhindered by airshow on the ramp/flightline at … Continue reading VMFAT-501 at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

VMFAT-501 Callsigns and an ATAC Detachment at MCAS Beaufort

Earlier this month in the February MilCom Recap, I mentioned the new callsigns that VMFAT-501 has been using: MOJO, NITRO, and PHILLY. After Friday's monitoring, I've heard two more to add to the list: FURY and HELLCAT. Just as PHILLY has a connection to the squadron's heritage, FURY and HELLCAT do as well. As VMF-451, … Continue reading VMFAT-501 Callsigns and an ATAC Detachment at MCAS Beaufort

VMFAT-501 F-35B Aerial Refueling Training in the Coastal MOAs

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to catch aerial refueling training being conducted by the USMC's F-35B training squadron, VMFAT-501, out of MCAS Beaufort. Just after lunch OTIS 27 (KC-130J, 166472, VMGR-252) arrived in the Coastal MOAs and checked in with Townsend Range Control, passing their playmates as SWEDE flights. Shortly thereafter, SWEDE 11-13 (F-35B, VMFAT-501) … Continue reading VMFAT-501 F-35B Aerial Refueling Training in the Coastal MOAs

Townsend Range JTAC Activity; 12 February 2019

Monday and Tuesday were the first days I've had the opportunity to turn on the radios in about a week. Monday was a slow MilCom day as usual, but Tuesday proved interesting with a lot of activity from MCAS Beaufort F/A-18s and F-35s working with a JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) at Townsend Range in … Continue reading Townsend Range JTAC Activity; 12 February 2019

MCAS Beaufort F/A-18 and F-35 Squadron Frequency Changes

Brunswick - The USMC MAG-31 F/A-18 squadrons and the F-35B FRS squadron at MCAS Beaufort have recently undergone a number of air-to-air and Base frequency changes, leading to an update of my Milair page, but I thought I would also make those changes a blog post as well. A basic overview is that VMFA-115 has … Continue reading MCAS Beaufort F/A-18 and F-35 Squadron Frequency Changes

VMFA-122 Leaves MCAS Beaufort, Will Transition to the F-35B

Savannah - Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and MAG-31 now have one less squadron. On 22 September 2017, VMFA-122's squadron commander relinquished command of the squadron at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina and its colors were cased in preparation for it to stand up as an F-35B squadron at MCAS Yuma, California. With the move, they … Continue reading VMFA-122 Leaves MCAS Beaufort, Will Transition to the F-35B

VMFT-401 at MCAS Beaufort

Savannah - F-5s from VMFT-401 have been operating out of MCAS Beaufort for at least the last week or so. I haven't had a lot of radio time, but it seems the "Snipers" mostly supporting VMFAT-501 F-35B training. On this visit, they're utilizing VMFA(AW)-533's frequencies while the "Hawks" are deployed: 310.200 VMFT-401 Base (Normally VFMA-533 … Continue reading VMFT-401 at MCAS Beaufort

VMFT-401 Arrives in Fightertown, Trains with Warlords

I caught VMFT-401 active as adversaries with VMFAT-501 on Saturday. VMFT-401 was using their usual callsign of SNIPER and VMFA(AW)-224's frequencies of 305.800 for Base, 250.300 for air-to-air, and 258.900 for air-to-air. Article below is from DVIDS.   Story by Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy BEAUFORT, S.C. - Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 arrived at Marine … Continue reading VMFT-401 Arrives in Fightertown, Trains with Warlords

VMFAT-501, the Royal Air Force, and the F-35B: UK Pilots and Maintainers to Arrive in Beaufort

This article from DVIDS is about the U.K. Royal Air Force's part in F-35B training at MCAS Beaufort, SC. As anyone who's listened to the F-35s flying out of Beaufort can attest, there are U.K. pilots in the program; this article explains why and points out that more U.K. personnel will be on the way.  … Continue reading VMFAT-501, the Royal Air Force, and the F-35B: UK Pilots and Maintainers to Arrive in Beaufort