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

Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Savannah - It seems that MAG-31 at MCAS Beaufort is conducting a Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC) for Group F/A-18 pilots in conjunction with MAWTS-1 and VMFT-401. A prerequisite for personnel attending the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course at MCAS Yuma, the MDTC provides training in aerial combat for both fighter pilots and intercept controllers. The training … Continue reading Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

VMFA-122 Leaves MCAS Beaufort, Will Transition to the F-35B

Savannah - Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and MAG-31 now have one less squadron. On 22 September 2017, VMFA-122's squadron commander relinquished command of the squadron at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina and its colors were cased in preparation for it to stand up as an F-35B squadron at MCAS Yuma, California. With the move, they … Continue reading VMFA-122 Leaves MCAS Beaufort, Will Transition to the F-35B

DVIDS Article on Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Recently I posted about the Marine Division Tactics Course that has been underway at MCAS Beaufort; this DVIDS article below appeared about it yesterday including the information that the graduation takes place today. Based on monitoring over the last few weeks, VMFA-112 and the 142nd FW assisted in the MDTC as adversaries in addition to VMFT-401. … Continue reading DVIDS Article on Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Change in VMFAT-501 Frequencies and MDTC Continues

Savannah - Today is the first day in a little over a week that I've been able to play radio and one of the first things I noticed is that VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort has changed frequencies. They've been using 315.300, 319.500, and 285.000 as air-to-air frequencies as 299.275 as their Base frequency. After not … Continue reading Change in VMFAT-501 Frequencies and MDTC Continues