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

MDTC Underway at MCAS Beaufort

Savannah - Yesterday morning's monitoring indicated that there's MDTC (Marine Division Tactics Course) underway at MCAS Beaufort. An MDTC usually takes place in January and this year seems to be no different. Flights of MAG-31 F/A-18s using the callsigns LATCH and SALEM (callsigns traditionally used by MDTC flights at MCAS Beaufort) and VMFAT-501 F-5Ns using … Continue reading MDTC Underway at MCAS Beaufort

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

Interesting F/A-18 and F-15C Air-to-Ground Combat Training at Townsend Range and the Coastal MOA

Savannah - Over the last few days, from both home and from the mobile station, I have had the chance to listen to some very interesting air-to-ground combat training from Townsend Range and the Coastal MOA between Savannah and Brunswick in coastal Georgia. F/A-18s based out of MCAS Beaufort along with F/A-18s from NASJRB Fort … Continue reading Interesting F/A-18 and F-15C Air-to-Ground Combat Training at Townsend Range and the Coastal MOA

Sentry Savannah Photos; 1 February 2018

Savannah - After breakfast yesterday morning, I drove out to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport to catch the Sentry Savannah aircraft recovering to Savannah from their morning sorties. When I first got to my spot (the old Applebee's at SR 21/SR 307), the airport was using Runway 10, which meant that aircraft were taking off towards … Continue reading Sentry Savannah Photos; 1 February 2018

Sentry Savannah Update; 2 February 2018

Savannah - After another day of monitoring the Sentry Savannah exercise and a ride out to the airport to watch the morning sorties recover, I have some updates on the frequencies and callsigns in use. 314.300 became an interesting frequency; on 31 January I thought the 159th FW F-15s were using it, but on 1 … Continue reading Sentry Savannah Update; 2 February 2018

The First Sentry Savannah Exercise of 2018 is Underway

Savannah - It's late January/early February so that means it's once again time for a Sentry Savannah exercise. For this iteration, there are fourteen F-22As from the 43rd FS at Tyndall AFB, ten T-38s from the 2nd FTS at Tyndall AFB, and seven F/A-18Es from VFA-143 at NAS Oceana. They all arrived at the Air … Continue reading The First Sentry Savannah Exercise of 2018 is Underway

Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Savannah - It seems that MAG-31 at MCAS Beaufort is conducting a Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC) for Group F/A-18 pilots in conjunction with MAWTS-1 and VMFT-401. A prerequisite for personnel attending the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course at MCAS Yuma, the MDTC provides training in aerial combat for both fighter pilots and intercept controllers. The training … Continue reading Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Elements of Carrier Air Wing 7 at Savannah IAP

Savannah - Yesterday morning, aircraft from three of the US Navy's Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7), VFA-32, VFA-103, and VFA-105, arrived at Savannah International Airport supported by a C-40A that made several trips to and from the airport. CONVOY 4656 (C-40A, 166696, VR-58) was in and out of the airport several times during the day, apparently … Continue reading Elements of Carrier Air Wing 7 at Savannah IAP

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