Savannah – Yesterday morning the runway at Hunter AAF was back open for the first time since the tragic hard landing of a 3-160 SOAR MH-60M last week. Fixed wing traffic resumed and so did the visits from aircraft outside of the area. Two KC-130Ts from VMGR-452 and two A-10s from Moody AFB did approaches to Hunter AAF yesterday afternoon; in addition to catching them on the radio I also stepped outside and took a few photos. Unfortunately during the afternoon, the sun is behind the aircraft from my vantage point so the back-lighting results in the aircraft being dark and few details are visible.
After spending some time in the pattern, both KC-130Ts made full stop landings and to the best of my knowledge are still at Hunter. I didn’t hear them depart while I was around the radios and I don’t see them appearing on Mode-S again after their arrival yesterday afternoon. Recently, some KC-130Js from VMGR-252 (callsign OTIS) were operating out of Hunter but I don’t know if the YANKYs could be related to that activity or not.
After one approach into Hunter, DEATH 01/02 (A-10C, 23 FG) headed back south and worked at Townsend Range on 228.400 before going back to Moody AFB. Their air-to-air frequency was 140.200. Moody A-10s are occasional visitors to the area to do approaches at Hunter AAF and it’s always fun to watch their formation approaches because that’s not something you see around Savannah on a regular basis.