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

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

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 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

Coastal Military Monitoring Recap; March 2019

Even though I wasn't able to fully take advantage of all of them, March 2019 offered some interesting monitoring opportunities. VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort continues to use callsigns other than SWEDE and WARLORD. Additionally, an ATAC detachment was at MCAS Beaufort to assist in VMFAT-501's F-35B training operations. An emergency preparedness exercise, Patriot South, was … Continue reading Coastal Military Monitoring Recap; March 2019

Catching the Super Guppy For the First Time

Savannah - I have my Mode-S/ADS-B receiver software set to alert me when it picks up certain Mode-S codes, registration numbers, or callsigns and not long after I woke up this afternoon and turned on the radios, it alerted me to an aircraft that I've never heard before: NASA 941. NASA 941 is NASA's Super … Continue reading Catching the Super Guppy For the First Time

Aviation Assets for PATRIOT SOUTH Exercise at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

I wasn't in Savannah last week, so I didn't have a chance to monitor the Patriot South exercise that took place in Savannah until I got back to town on Friday. While I was in Brunswick, I did get a few snippets, but on the whole, I was out of range with the equipment I … Continue reading Aviation Assets for PATRIOT SOUTH Exercise at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

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