3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Aircraft Update; 6 September 2018

Savannah – Last week I posted about Hunter AAF’s 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade flying again after their return from a deployment; this week I’ve got an update to the list of aircraft I began in that post. Since then, I’ve heard a few more new aircraft, so the list has grown. Thanks to information from readers about the fiscal years, this update also changes the question marks in some of the tail numbers to fiscal years and more monitoring opportunities have firmed up some unit associations.

ARMY 26458, UH-60L, 92-26458, A/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 26482 (UH-60L, 93-26482, A/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 26587 (UH-60L, 94-26587, A/2-3 AVN?)1
ARMY 26596 (UH-60L, 95-26596, A/2-3 AVN?)1
ARMY 26812 (UH-60L, 98-26812, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26830 (UH-60L, 99-26830, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26841 (UH-60L, 99-26841, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 27055 (UH-60L, 05-27055, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08171 (CH-47F, 14-08171, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08454 (CH-47F, 14-08454, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08455 (CH-47F, 14-08455, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08456 (CH-47F, 14-08456, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08457 (CH-47F, 14-08457, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08460 (CH-47F, 14-08460, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20505 (HH-60M, 12-20505, C/2-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20615 (HH-60M, 13-20615, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20616 (HH-60M, 13-20616, C/2-3 AVN)

ARMY 35395 (AH-64D, 03-05395, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 35403 (AH-64D, 03-05403, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 75518 (AH-64D, 07-05518, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77045 (AH-64D, 07-07045, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77046 (AH-64D, 07-07046, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 87048 (AH-64D, 08-07048, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95591 (AH-64D, 09-05591, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95592 (AH-64D, 09-05592, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95593 (AH-64D, 09-05593, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95602 (AH-64D, 09-05602, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95604 (AH-64D, 09-05604, 3-17 CAV)

ARMY 20354 (UH-60M, 11-20354, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20358 (UH-60M, 11-20358, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20360 (UH-60M, 11-20360, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20362 (UH-60M, 11-20362, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20366 (UH-60M, 11-20366, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20387 (UH-60M, 11-20387, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20388 (UH-60M, 11-20388, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20392 (UH-60M, 11-20392, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20395 (UH-60M, 11-20395, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20397 (UH-60M, 11-20397, 4-3 AVN)22
ARMY 20402 (UH-60M, 11-20402, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20404 (UH-60M, 11-20404, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20409 (UH-60M, 11-20409, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20416 (UH-60M, 11-20416, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20422 (UH-60M, 11-20422, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20450 (UH-60M, 12-20450, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20455 (UH-60M, 12-20455, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20458 (UH-60M, 12-20458, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20460 (UH-60M, 12-20460, 4-3 AVN?)

As I hear more 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade aircraft and am able to identify them, I’ll add them to the list and post more updates. As always, updates and corrections are requested.


  1. 94-26587 and 95-26596 were previously heard as A/2-3 AVN aircraft until 2009 but unheard between 2009 and 2018. I’m guessing both are still A/2-3 AVN aircraft because C/2-3 AVN converted to the HH-60M and 4-3 AVN converted to the UH-60M.
  2. The unit associations for these aircraft are based on traffic heard on other frequencies including Base Ops and Battalion Ops frequencies.

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Post Deployment Update; 30 August 2018

Savannah – Last week, I posted that the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade is back in the air following its return from a deployment.  During my last couple of visits home in Savannah, I’ve had the chance to monitor their evening activity so in turn, I’ve been able to update the current list of 3rd Combat Aviation Aircraft. Aircraft with question marks after the unit designation are educated guesses on the unit and are unconfirmed at this time; see the footnotes for further information.

ARMY 26587 (UH-60L, 94-26587, A/2-3 AVN?)1
ARMY 26812 (UH-60L, 98-26812, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26830 (UH-60L, 99-26830, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26841 (UH-60L, 99-26841, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 27055 (UH-60L, 05-27055, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08454 (CH-47F, 14-08454, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08455 (CH-47F, 14-08455, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08460 (CH-47F, 14-08460, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20615 (HH-60M, 13-20615, C/2-3 AVN)

ARMY 75518 (AH-64D, 07-05518, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77045 (AH-64D, 07-07045, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77046 (AH-64D, 07-07046, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 87048 (AH-64D, 08-07048, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95591 (AH-64D, 09-05591, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95592 (AH-64D, 09-05592, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95593 (AH-64D, 09-05593, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95602 (AH-64D, 09-05602, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95604 (AH-64D, 09-05604, 3-17 CAV)

ARMY 20360 (UH-60M, ??-20360, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20362 (UH-60M, ??-20362, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20366 (UH-60M, ??-20366, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20387 (UH-60M, ??-20387, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20388 (UH-60M, ??-20388, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20392 (UH-60M, ??-20392, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20397 (UH-60M, ??-20397, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20409 (UH-60M, ??-20409, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20416 (UH-60M, ??-20416, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20422 (UH-60M, ??-20422, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20450 (UH-60M, ??-20450, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20460 (UH-60M, ??-20460, 4-3 AVN?)

For those that may not be familiar, the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade is organized into three flying battalions. 2-3 AVN is the General Support Aviation Battalion; its A Company flies UH-60Ls, its B Company flies CH-47Fs, and its C Company flies HH-60Ms. 3-17 Cavalry is the Attack Helicopter Squadron and flies AH-64Ds. 4-3 AVN is the Assault Helicopter Battalion and flies UH-60Ms.

As I hear more 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade aircraft and am able to identify them, I’ll add them to the list and post more updates. As always, updates and corrections are requested.


  1. 94-26587 was previously an A/2-3 AVN aircraft was heard up until 2009 but not heard between 2009 and 2018. I’m guessing it is still an A/2-3 AVN aircraft because C/2-3 AVN converted to the HH-60M and 4-3 AVN converted to the UH-60M.
  2. The identification of 20388, 20397, 20416, and 20422 as 4-3 AVN UH-60Ms comes from logging them on 4-3 AVN’s Ops frequency 43.625 NFM.

The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade is Back in the Savannah Skies After Returning From Deployment

Savannah – A few extra days in Savannah than normal this past week gave me the opportunity to catch the aircraft of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter AAF flying after their recent return from deployment. For the last year, the skies over Savannah have been bereft of the Brigade’s UH-60s, CH-47s, and AH-64s so it’s been nice to see and hear them back overhead.

So far, I’ve heard UH-60Ls and an HH-60M from 2-3 AVN and AH-64s from 3-17 CAV that were assigned to those units prior to their deployment. Those familiar aircraft have been:

  • ARMY 26812 (UH-60L, 98-26812, A/2-3 AVN)
  • ARMY 26841 (UH-60L, 99-26841, A/2-3 AVN)
  • ARMY 20615 (HH-60M, 13-20615, C/2-3 AVN)
  • ARMY 75518 (AH-64D, 07-05518, 3-17 CAV)
  • ARMY 77045 (AH-64D, 07-07045, 3-17 Cav)
  • ARMY 77046 (AH-64D, 07-07046, 3-17 CAV)
  • ARMY 87048 (AH-64D, 08-07048, 3-17 CAV)
  • ARMY 95592 (AH-64D, 09-05592, 3-17 CAV)
  • ARMY 95593 (AH-64D, 09-05593, 3-17 CAV)
  • ARMY 95602 (AH-64D, 09-05602, 3-17 CAV)

I have not heard any familiar aircraft from B/2-3 AVN or 4-3 AVN since the Brigade returned. I have, however, heard some CH-47Fs and UH-60Ms previously not associated with either unit that could be replacement aircraft. Their crews have seemed familiar with Hunter AAF and the Fort Stewart airspace, so I don’t think they’re from a visiting unit; I think the CH-47Fs are replacement aircraft for B/2-3 AVN and the UH-60Ms are replacement aircraft for 4-3 AVN but until something is heard or seen to confirm it, those are just guesses for now.

  • ARMY 08454 (CH-47F, 14-08454, B/2-3 AVN?)
  • ARMY 08455 (CH-47F, 14-08455, B/2-3 AVN?)
  • ARMY 08460 (CH-47F, 14-08460, B/2-3 AVN?)
  • ARMY 20360 (UH-60M, ??-20360, 4-3 AVN?)
  • ARMY 20362 (UH-60M, ??-20362, 4-3 AVN?)
  • ARMY 20387 (UH-60M, ??-20387, 4-3 AVN?)
  • ARMY 20416 (UH-60M, ??-20416, 4-3 AVN?)

Over a period of time, monitoring should suss things out. As it does, I’ll post some more updates. As always if you happen to hear or come across anything, feel free to submit it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

 

Sentry Savannah July 2018 Update

Savannah – I haven’t had a lot of monitoring time, but I have been able to listen to a few more morning sorties and other listeners have contributed what they’ve heard, so I’ve got an update for what should be the last couple of days of the current Sentry Savannah exercise. Paul, KJ4FAV also provided a photo of COPPER 03 (KC-135R, 64-14831, 161st ARW), the Arizona ANG KC-135 providing tanker support for the exercise.

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COPPER 03 (KC-135R, 64-14831, 161st ARW) on approach to Hunter AAF after supporting Sentry Savannah activity off of the Georgia coast on 25 July 2018. Photo courtesy of Paul Snedeker, KJ4FAV

 

119.100/257.800 – Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops

282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

237.000 – ADC Ops; 43rd FS “HORNET/STINGER Ops”
255.675 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
256.750 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
288.900 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 2nd FTS Air-to-Air

298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW Air-to-Air

277.450 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
283.700 – 187th FW Air-to-Air

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
313.700 – Sealord North Secondary
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
349.800 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
376.900 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
RAPTOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SAVAGE (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER (F-22A, 43rd FS)
VAPOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
BEAGLE (T-38, 2nd FTS)
HOUND (T-38, 2nd FTS)

COPPER (KC-135R, 161st ARW)
DIXIE (KC-135R, 117th ARW)
KEYS (KC-135R, 186th ARW)

BONES (F-22A, 95th FS)

MACE (F-16CM, 169th FW)

BAMA (F-16C, 187th FW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HAMMER (GCI or RTO)
KREMLIN (USMC related ground station)

 

Sentry Savannah exercises usually last two weeks, so this should be the last week of this one. The F-22s and T-38s should start returning home on Friday. If I happen to get anything new over the next couple of days, I’ll post a recap, otherwise this will likely be the last post on the July 2018 Sentry Savannah.

Third Sentry Savannah Exercise of 2018 Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Savannah – Earlier this week with my Mode-S receiver in Brunswick, I picked up a couple of KC-135s departing the Savannah area for the Special Use Areas off of Savannah.  Since KC-135s are permanent residents at Savannah IAP or Hunter AAF, that activity usually indicates that there is an exercise going on. Some of the few snippets of radio traffic I was able to pick up with a handheld scanner in Brunswick indicated that there was an exercise going on as well. In addition, I got some tweets from the Savannah area that fighter activity was being heard and seen overhead the city. All of that was a solid indication that an exercise is underway and since mid-July has seen Sentry Savannah exercises over the last few years, I assumed that is what we had this year.

Yesterday, I got back to Savannah from Brunswick and was able to listen to the activity, confirming that there is a Sentry Savannah exercise underway. This Sentry Savannah’s players include regular visitors to the Savannah Air Dominance Center, the 43rd FS and their F-22As and the 2nd FTS and their T-38s. Two KC-135s are at Hunter AAF to provide tanker support; one from the 161st ARW, Arizona ANG and one from the 117th ARW, Alabama ANG. In addition to those units flying out of Savannah, F-16s from the 169th FW at McEntire ANGB, South Carolina, and the 187th FW at Montgomery ANGB, Alabama participated. So far, they’re flying two sets of sorties a day; once in the morning around 0900/0930 and another in the afternoon around 1300/1330. Since the exercise started this week, I expect the F-22s and T-38s to be at the Air Dominance Center through next week.

For the most part, the usual Sentry Savannah frequencies seem to be in use along with usual air-to-air frequencies for the units participating. They did, however, use SEALORD W-137 discrete frequencies during yesterday’s morning sorties. Based on yesterday’s monitoring, here’s what’s in use so far:

119.100/257.800 – Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops

282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

237.000 – ADC Ops; 43rd FS “HORNET/STINGER Ops”
256.750 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
288.900 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 2nd FTS Air-to-Air

298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW Air-to-Air

277.450 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
283.700 – 187th FW Air-to-Air

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
313.700 – Sealord North Secondary
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
349.800 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
376.900 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
RAPTOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SAVAGE (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER (F-22A, 43rd FS)
VAPOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
BEAGLE (T-38, 2nd FTS)
HOUND (T-38, 2nd FTS)

COPPER (KC-135R, 161st ARW)
DIXIE (KC-135R, 117th ARW)

MACE (F-16CM, 169th FW)

BAMA (F-16C, 187th FW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HAMMER (RTO)

 

I’ll be back in Brunswick on Friday morning, so if anyone hears anything new or different over the next week and a half of Sentry Savannah activity, please send it to me and I’ll include in updated lists.