14 June 2019 Charleston/Beaufort Road Trip Scanning Report

On Friday morning, I called an audible and took a short road trip to Charleston, SC to visit Patriot's Point and the North Charleston Fire Museum, then spent the night in Beaufort, SC before going back home on Saturday morning. As usual, I had the mobile station radios going but it was hard to pay … Continue reading 14 June 2019 Charleston/Beaufort Road Trip Scanning Report

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

Marine Corps Trunked Repeater System – MCAS Beaufort/MCRD Parris Island Sites

I haven't seen a lot about the MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island sites of the US Marine Corps Trunked Repeater System and I don't get over to the Beaufort area much so I've been curious about it for quite awhile. I do keep both the "Mainside" and "Laurel Bay" sites listed on RadioReference programmed … Continue reading Marine Corps Trunked Repeater System – MCAS Beaufort/MCRD Parris Island Sites

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

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

January Blog Update: No MilCom Recap, New Air-to-Air Frequencies, Moody AFB Update

As I posted on social media a few days ago, I won't be doing a January MilCom Recap or Mode-S log. I've been busy with work, was down with the sinuses, and have also been busy trying to get ready for a vacation trip next week. In the meantime, there are some updates to pass … Continue reading January Blog Update: No MilCom Recap, New Air-to-Air Frequencies, Moody AFB Update

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