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

Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; February 2019

February was notable more for what didn't happen that didn't happen. For the first time in several years, there wasn't a Sentry Savannah exercise in February. Since the 43rd FS and 2nd FTS from Tyndall AFB always seemed to be the common denominator in Sentry Savannah exercises, I wasn't surprised and to be honest, wasn't … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; February 2019

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

Boeing 747 “Dreamlifter” Large Cargo Freighters – Frequent Visitors to Charleston, SC

This morning, I caught GIANT 4532 (B747 LCF, N780BA, Atlas Air) with Charleston TRACON on 120.700 and with Boeing Charleston Ops on 123.325. N780BA is one of four 747 Large Cargo Freighters, also known as "Dreamlifters" that are operated by Atlas Air for Boeing. They're used for moving sections and parts of Boeing 787 "Dreamliners" … Continue reading Boeing 747 “Dreamlifter” Large Cargo Freighters – Frequent Visitors to Charleston, SC

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

Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; December 2018/January 2019

As I mentioned last month, I decided to combine the December 2018 and January 2019 reports due to December 2018 being a short month radio-wise. As promised, here is the report. I've started something new for the recap this month: I've added talkgroup logs for trunked repeater systems in use by the military. Hopefully, this … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; December 2018/January 2019

Royal Danish Air Force C-130J Conducted Parachute Drops Near Savannah

Savannah - Yesterday, a Royal Danish Air Force C-130J conducted parachute drops in the area of Tybee Island near Savannah, GA. It appears it was part of Exercise Emerald Warrior 2019, a US Special Operations Command exercise that combines Special Operations and Conventional forces to prepare for operations "in a complex and uncertain Irregular Warfare … Continue reading Royal Danish Air Force C-130J Conducted Parachute Drops Near Savannah

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

Aviation Photography and Airport Monitoring from the Charlotte Airport Overlook

While researching the Carolinas Aviation Museum before my road trip, I noticed on Google Maps that Charlotte Douglas IAP (CLT) has an airport overlook. After visiting the museum and grabbing a bite to eat, I drove the short distance to the overlook to watch and listen to the airport activity. The overlook is a parking … Continue reading Aviation Photography and Airport Monitoring from the Charlotte Airport Overlook

South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip Scanning Report; 8-10 January 2019

Yesterday, I left Charlotte, NC for Columbia, SC to visit the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens and the South Carolina Military Museum. Afterward, I came back to Savannah, ending the trip. I'll be posting about the places I visited on the trip over the next few days: Musgrove Mill State Park, the BMW Zentrum, the Greenville … Continue reading South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip Scanning Report; 8-10 January 2019