Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; April 2019

April 2019 was an interesting month for military monitoring in Coastal Georgia. The highlight of the month was the first Sentry Savannah exercise of 2019 at the Georgia Air National Guard Air Dominance Center at Savannah-Hilton Head IAP. There were also two NATO E-3 AWACS operating out of Shaw AFB during part of April; it's … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; April 2019

Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; April 2019

Mode-S hits from Military, Government, and Public Safety related aircraft as well as various other aircraft that catch my attention from attended monitoring of my RadarBox in Savannah and RadarBox Micro in Brunswick, GA. Of particular interest in April were two flights: AE66B9/NAVY HC(?) 14 and AE66BA/NAVY EC 14. Neither of these flights sent ADS-B … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; April 2019

Spotting at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport

Savannah - After working nine days in a row, I finally had a day off yesterday and went out to Savannah-Hilton Head IAP to do some spotting. Unfortunately I didn't make it out there in time to catch the VMFAT-501 F-35Bs coming back from their morning sortie and they never flew an afternoon sortie, so … Continue reading Spotting at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport

Sentry Savannah Wrap Up – April 2019

Savannah - The April 2019 Sentry Savannah exercise wrapped up last week, with the participants leaving before the Easter weekend began. It's been a busy week since then, so it took me a while to have the opportunity to work on a wrap-up post. The frequencies and callsigns below are what I heard in use … Continue reading Sentry Savannah Wrap Up – April 2019

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

Sentry Savannah Photos from 15 April 2019

Savannah - This morning when I heard the aircraft participating in Sentry Savannah start taking off, I headed out to the Savannah-Hilton Head IAP to try to take some photos of them coming back in. The weather was wonderful, with clear blue skies and good sunlight so it turned out to be a productive trip … Continue reading Sentry Savannah Photos from 15 April 2019

Spring at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday was a lovely Spring day and it turned out to be a wonderful day for a visit to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.A low tide came around 10:30 am so I arrived at the refuge around 10:00 so I'd have a better chance of seeing wading birds in the tidal areas. There were plenty … Continue reading Spring at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Sentry Savannah Exercise Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Savannah - There is a Sentry Savannah exercise underway at the Georgia Air National Guard's Air Dominance Center (ADC) at the Savannah-Hilton Head IAP. There are F-16s from the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama ANG and Aero L-159s from Draken International at the ADC and they're being supported by 126th ARW and 185th ARW KC-135s at … Continue reading Sentry Savannah Exercise Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

Not the best news, but it could be worse... News on the next Solar Cycle from ARRL News: Scientists charged with predicting the Sun’s activity for Cycle 25 say it’s likely to be much like that of current Cycle 24, which is declining and predicted to bottom out in 2019 or 2020. Solar Cycle 25 … Continue reading Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

Book Review: Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr

Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr My rating: 5 of 5 stars Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr is indeed a critical reassessment and an impassioned defense of General James Longstreet's performance during the Battle of Gettysburg. Conventional views of the battle, Pfarr holds, blame the Confederate … Continue reading Book Review: Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr