Sentry Savannah Recap; 23 May 2018

Savannah – I got back into Savannah from Brunswick yesterday morning just in time to catch the last sorties of the latest Sentry Savannah exercise. It proved to be an interesting morning, with flights of F-15s, F-16s, F-22s, and T-38s being controlled by an E-3 and supported by two KC-135s. After the intercepts were over, a flight of F-22s returned to Langley while the other flights returned to their home base or to Savannah-Hilton Head IAP. After lunch, the rest of the F-22As and the T-38s began returning to Langley as a C-40 began picking up support personnel.

Below is a list of frequencies and callsigns in use during this iteration of Sentry Savannah. I don’t have any photographs to post this time since I wasn’t in town very much and when I was the weather wasn’t very cooperative.

119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

256.875/135.450 – Jax Center Keystone Ultra High
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
306.300/133.450 – Jax Center Florence Low
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
346.300/133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
313.700 – SEALORD North Secondary
133.950/267.500 – SEALORD South Primary

288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
282.600 – AWACS Discrete; Intercepts
254.200 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA

237.000 – ADC Ops; 192nd FW “RAPTOR Ops,” 71st FTS “IRON Ops”
139.2125 ($293) – ADC; 192nd FW/71st FTS MOC
233.525 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
257.075 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
262.025 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
296.900 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
235.900 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air, Fight Common

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

311.200 – 55th FS Ops
141.675 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
141.900 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
143.600 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

320.525 – 79th FS Ops
138.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
141.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
141.700 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
143.200 – 79th FS Air-to-Air

298.500 – Heard in use by another listener between 192nd FW/95th FS flights

BASH (F-22A, 192nd FW)
CORONA (F-22A, 192nd FW)
DEMON (F-22A, 192nd FW)
PANAMA (F-22A, 192nd FW)
RECAP (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SATAN (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SLAM (F-22A, 192nd FW)

IRON (T-38, 71st FTS)
MARLIN (T-38, 71st FTS)
MIG (T-38, 71st FTS)
VODKA (T-38, 71st FTS)
VOODOO (T-38, 71st FTS)

FANG (F-15C, 125th FW)
GATOR (F-15C, 125th FW)
JAGS (F-15C, 125th FW)

CONAN (F-16CM, 55th FS)
DUDE (F-16CM, 55th FS
SPIDER (F-16CM, 55th FS)
VOODOO (F-16CM, 55th FS)

DECAY (F-16CM, 79th FS)
DIESEL (F-16CM, 79th FS)
HELLCAT (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SCAR (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SLASH (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TURBAN (F-16CM, 79th FS)
WILD (F-16CM, 79th FS)

BONES (F-22A, 95th FS)
HEARSE (F-22A, 95th FS)

KEYS 83 (KC-135R, 58-0120, 186th ARW)
EXPO 81 (KC-135T, 58-0086, 141st ARW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 57-1427, 190th AW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 62-3572, 190th AW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
SENTRY 06/GOLIATH (E-3G, 78-0576, 960th ACCS)
HUNTRESS (NORAD EADS)
DRAGON (RTO)

BOXER 42 (C-40C, 02-0201, 113th Wing)

Sentry Savannah Update; 16 May 2018

SavannahYesterday, I posted about a Sentry Savannah exercise being underway out of the Savannah Air Dominance Center. Yesterday’s activity, despite being cut short by bad weather during the afternoon sortie, was far bigger than Tuesday’s activity and included participation by F-16s from the 55th and 79th Fighter Squadrons from Shaw AFB as well as F-22s from the 95th FS from Tyndall AFB. A 186th ARW KC-135 from Meridian, Mississippi also participated as tanker support for the afternoon sorties. As a result, the callsign/frequency list is greatly expanded. The callsign MARLIN has also been confirmed as 71st FTS T-38s by a Langley area listener and another listener contributed 298.500 as an air-to-air frequency in use; as always, if you have additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments below.

119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

256.875/135.450 – Jax Center Keystone Ultra High
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
306.300/133.450 – Jax Center Florence Low
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
346.300/133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
313.700 – SEALORD North Secondary
133.950/267.500 – SEALORD South Primary

288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
254.200 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA

237.000 – ADC Ops; 192nd FW “RAPTOR Ops,” 71st FTS “IRON Ops”
139.2125 ($293) – ADC; 192nd FW/71st FTS Support Crews
233.525 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
257.075 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
262.025 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
296.900 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
235.900 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air, Fight Common

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

311.200 – 55th FS Ops
141.675 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
141.900 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
143.600 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

320.525 – 79th FS Ops
141.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
141.700 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
143.200 – 79th FS Air-to-Air

298.500 – Heard in use by another listener between 192nd FW/95th FS flights

BASH (F-22A, 192nd FW)
DEMON (F-22A, 192nd FW)
RECAP (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SATAN (F-22A, 192nd FW)

MARLIN (T-38, 71st FTS)
MIG (T-38, 71st FTS)
VODKA (T-38, 71st FTS)
VOODOO (T-38, 71st FTS)

FANG (F-15C, 125th FW)
GATOR (F-15C, 125th FW)

CONAN (F-16CM, 55th FS)
DUDE (F-16CM, 55th FS
SPIDER (F-16CM, 55th FS)
VOODOO (F-16CM, 55th FS)

DIESEL (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SLASH (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TURBAN (F-16CM, 79th FS)
WILD (F-16CM, 79th FS)

BONES (F-22A, 95th FS)
HEARSE (F-22A, 95th FS)

EXPO 81 (KC-135T, 58-0086, 141st ARW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 62-3572, 190th AW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HUNTRESS (NORAD EADS)
DRAGON (RTO)

The F-16s from Shaw AFB and F-22s from Tyndall AFB operated from their own fields and did not use the facilities at Savannah IAP. The 186th ARW KC-135 also operated out of its home field and didn’t use Hunter AAF.

Another Sentry Savannah Exercise Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Savannah – Last week, F-22As from the 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard and T-38s from the 71st Fighter Training Squadron, both from Langley AFB, arrived at the Savannah Air Dominance Center at the Savannah – Hilton Head International Airport. Given the timing of their arrival, I’m not sure if they are considering this week 1 of the exercise or week 2, so they may depart late this week or remain for next week as well. I wasn’t able to hear very much of the activity last week, but this week I’ve heard participating aircraft checking in “for the Sentry Savannah airspace,” so it’s definitely a Sentry Savannah exercise. The other participants so far have been F-15Cs from the 125th, Florida Air National Guard at Jacksonville, and two KC-135s; one from the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard at Fairchild AFB and one from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard at Forbes ANGB. For those familiar with previous iterations of Sentry Savannah, they’re using frequencies which have been fairly regular through the last few years.

Frequencies

119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
133.950/267.500 – Sealord South Primary

288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

237.000 – ADC Ops; 192nd FW “RAPTOR Ops,” 71st FTS “IRON Ops”
233.525 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
257.075 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
262.025 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
296.900 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
235.900 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air, Fight Common

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

 

Callsigns

BASH (F-22A, 192nd FW)
DEMON (F-22A, 192nd FW)
RECAP (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SATAN (F-22A, 192nd FW)

MIG (T-38, 71st FTS)
VODKA (T-38, 71st FTS)
VOODOO (T-38, 71st FTS)

MARLIN (F-22A or T-38)

FANG (F-15C, 125th FW)
GATOR (F-15C, 125th FW)

EXPO 81 (KC-135T, 58-0086, 141st ARW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 62-3572, 190th AW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HUNTRESS (NORAD EADS)

Crash of 156th Airlift Wing WC-130H in Savannah, GA

Savannah – I wasn’t in Savannah or awake to hear any of the communications surrounding the Puerto Rico Air National Guard 156th Airlift Wing WC-130 that crashed earlier this week, but still thought I needed to write up some sort of post about it. Before I go any further, my condolences go out to the family, friends, and fellow servicemembers of the aircraft’s crew. After all that Puerto Rico has gone through in the last year and all that ANG has done to serve and support the people of Puerto Rico, it’s terribly sad to lose them this way.

 

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In remembrance of the crew of WC-130H 65-0968 which crashed in Savannah, GA on 2 May 2018: “…with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.” (photo not of 65-0968)

 

News Reports:

WC-130H 65-0968 crashed on 2 May 2018 shortly after departing from Savannah International Airport. It crashed onto Georgia Highway 21 in Port Wentworth; news reports and the location of the crash near the approach end of Runway 28 indicate that the crew was trying to get the aircraft back to Savannah IAP after experiencing some sort of problem on or after takeoff. Unfortunately, they didn’t make it back; 65-0968 spiraled into the highway before they could make it back and sadly all nine of the crew aboard perished. The crew was able to keep the aircraft from crashing into any homes or businesses in the area and by the grace of God, there was no traffic on Highway 21 under 65-0968 when it crashed. Emergency response from the Air National Guard 165th Airlift Wing Crash/Fire units at Savannah International Airport quickly responded as did surrounding Fire Departments and Ambulance Services. Air National Guard personnel from the 165th AW and USAF personnel from Charleston AFB and Dover AFB are on scene conducting recovery and investigation operations. Interestingly enough, 65-0968 used to be a 165th AW aircraft prior to its assignment to the 156th AW in Puerto Rico.

Georgia Highway 21 remains closed between the Jimmy Deloach Parkway and Georgia Highway 307 and will remain so for quite awhile. The investigation will have to be completed then the remains of the aircraft removed and the area cleaned up. Then Georgia DOT will have to inspect the roadway and complete any repairs needed. DOT has set up a detour using the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway between Highway 21 and Highway 307 to re-route traffic.

This tragedy has an amateur radio connection as well. The ARRL reported that Master Sgt. Eric Circuns was amateur radio operator WP4OXB.

Update to 177th FW Activity at the Air Dominance Center in Savannah

Savannah – Last week, I posted that the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey ANG had arrived at the Air Dominance Center (ADC) at the Savannah-Hilton Head IAP and were flying training sorties out to the Special Use Airspace off of the Georgia Coast. They’re still in the area and this week they seem to have switched from using VHF Air-to-Air frequencies to UHF Air-to-Air frequencies. An updated list of what they’ve been using is below.

Callsigns
DEVIL 1# – (F-16C, 177th FW)
SPAWN 2# – (F-16C, 177th FW)
SATAN 3# – (F-16C, 177th FW)
SMASH 91 – (F-16C, 177th FW)

Frequencies
237.000 – ADC Ops
140.500 – ADC; 177th FW Air-to-Air
141.150 – ADC; 177th FW Air-to-Air
142.600 – ADC; 177th FW Air-to-Air
293.300 – ADC; 177th FW Air-to-Air
328.500 – ADC; 177th FW Air-to-Air
363.900 – ADC; 177th FW Air-to-Air

353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
282.200 – Jacksonville Center; Jekyll Low
284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
349.800 – W-137 Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete
385.300 – W-137 Discrete