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

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 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

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

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

Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; March 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. FROZEN 42 (C-17A, 93-0599, 3rd Wing) from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska on approach to Savannah IAP on 8 March 2019ARMY 1944 (C-37A, … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; March 2019