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Savannah Sentry 2014 Wrap Up

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Savannah – Savannah Sentry 2014 provided an excellent listening opportunity for MilCom enthusiasts in the Savannah and Coastal Georgia area and gave spotters and aviation geeks in the area a rare chance to see F-22s.  Two F-22 units and 2 F-16 units operated out of the Savannah CRTC on a staggered schedule: the 43rd FS (F-22), the 158th FW (F-16), the 113th Wing (F-16), and the 154th Wing (F-22).  KC-135s from four units provided aerial refueling over the course of the exercise:  the 92nd ARW, the 117th ARW, the 134th ARW, and the 141st ARW.  Additionally, the exercise was supported by F/A-18s from VMFA-115 at MCAS Beaufort, F-15s from the 125th FW at Jacksonville IAP, and F-16s from the 169th FW at McEntire JNGB.  E-3 AWACS aircraft from Tinker AFB and E-8 JSTARS aircraft from Robins AFB provided command, control, and intelligence at times as did ground controlled intercept assets from Tyndall AFB and the Hawaii ANG.  JTACs from the 15th ASOS and 165th ASOS controlled fighters at Townsend Range for the air-to-ground portions of the exercise.

STINK 3# flight just before their break over the approach end of Runway 28 at Savannah IAP.

STINK 3# (F-22A, 154 Wing, Hawaii ANG) flight just before their break over the approach end of Runway 28 at Savannah IAP.

I was able to monitor the exercise from home in Savannah and via the mobile station and portable from Brunswick and Jekyll Island while I was in Brunswick for work.  There were also other MilCom enthusiasts listening in and airplane spotters around the area who contributed information to the callsign, frequency, and tail number lists below.  Without their anonymous contributions, the updates I posted every few days wouldn’t have been near as good as they were.  They were able to listen to the late sorties I usually missed and see tail numbers I wasn’t around the airport to see.

The Yaesu FT-8800, Uniden BC780XLT, and Uniden BCD396XT were used to monitor the exercise from Jekyll Island and near Savannah IAP on various days.

The Yaesu FT-8800, Uniden BC780XLT, and Uniden BCD396XT were used to monitor the exercise from Jekyll Island and near Savannah IAP on various days.

Frequencies
119.100 – Savannah IAP Tower
257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
121.900 – Savannah IAP Ground
348.600 – Savannah IAP Ground
120.400 – Savannah Approach/Departure
353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300 – Savannah Approach/Departure
371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400 – Savannah Approach/Departure
307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure
317.700 – Jacksonville IAP Tower
322.400 – Jacksonville Approach/Departure
351.800 – Jacksonville Approach/Departure

138.625 – CRTC CP; 158th FW Ops, 113th Wing Ops
237.000 – CRTC CP; 43rd FS Ops, 154th Wing Ops
140.500 – CRTC; 158th FW air-to-air
141.150 – CRTC; 43rd FS, 113 Wing air-to-air
142.700 – CRTC; 158th FW, 113th Wing air-to-air
293.300 – CRTC; 158th FW air-to-air, 154th Wing Aux 21
328.500 – CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air, 154th Wing Aux 23
363.900 – CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air, 154th Wing Aux 22
379.800 – CRTC; 43rd FS, 154th Wing air-to-air
328.500 – CRTC; 43rd FS, 154th Wing air-to-air
139.150 – 113th Wing air-to-air
142.600 – 113th Wing air-to-air
143.600 – 113th Wing air-to-air
256.750 – 43rd FS air-to-air
255.675 – 43rd FS air-to-air
290.675 – 43rd FS air-to-air
352.100 – 43rd FS air-to-air
298.300 – 154th Wing air-to-air
228.900 – T-38 air-to-air
299.500 – KC-135 air-to-air

251.250 – 125th FW MX/Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

298.300 – 169th FW “Swamp Fox Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW V14
143.200 – 169th FW V15

339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1

149.0375 – CRTC; Ground Support Crews (P25 NAC 293)
149.1625 – CRTC; Ground Support Crews (P25 NAC 293)
142.3625 – CRTC; Ground Support Crews (P25 NAC 293)
139.2125 – CRTC; Ground Support Crews (P25 NAC 293)

126.750 – ZJX Brunswick Low
277.400 – ZJX Brunswick Low
124.675 – ZJX Jekyll Low
282.200 – ZJX Jekyll Low
132.925 – ZJX Millen/Savannah Low
363.200 – ZJX Millen/Savannah Low

120.950 – SEALORD North Primary
284.500 – SEALORD North Primary (Button 8)
267.500 – SEALORD South Primary

293.600 – NORAD Discrete; intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; intercepts
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; intercepts (backup to 316.300)
358.150 – CRTC; ACM

235.900 – South Aerial Refueling
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; North Aerial Refueling
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling Boom
278.000 – Aerial Refueling Boom

228.400 – Townsend Range Control
225.725 – JSTARS Discrete
324.650 – JSTARS Discrete
376.125 – JSTARS Discrete
373.575 – JSTARS Discrete

364.200 – NORAD AICC
287.450 – AWACS AutoTOD

F-16C, 158th FW, VT ANG landing at Savannah IAP during Savannah Sentry.

F-16C, 158th FW, VT ANG landing at Savannah IAP during Savannah Sentry.

Callsigns
BURNER (F-22A, 43rd FS)
DEMO (F-22A, 43rd FS)
FLEX (F-22A, 43rd FS)
HORNET (F-22A, 43rd FS)
KUJO (F-22A, 43rd FS)
RACK (F-22A, 43rd FS)
RAGE (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SATAN (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SOUL (F-22A, 43rd FS)
UGLY (F-22A, 43rd FS)

BREW (F-16C, 158th FW)
JAWS (F-16C, 158th FW)
MAPLE (F-16C, 158th FW)

BULLY (F-16C, 113th Wing)
CAPITAL (F-16C, 113th Wing)
GUNNY (F-16C, 113th Wing)
RAVAGE (F-16C, 113th Wing)
SCARY (F-16C, 113th Wing)
WILD (F-16C, 113th Wing)

BEAR (T-38, 53rd WEG)
SABRE (T-38, 53rd WEG)

GAMECOCK (F-22A, 154th Wing)
JEST (F-22A, 154th Wing)
MAITAI (F-22A, 154th Wing)
STINK (F-22A, 154th Wing)

DIXIE (KC-135R, 117th ARW)
EXPO (KC-135R, 141st ARW)
PACK (KC-135R, 92nd ARW)
SODA (KC-135R, 134th ARW)

JESSE (C-130H, 139th AW)
ROPER (C-130H, 136rd AW)

FANG (F-15C, 125th FW)
SNAKE (F-15C, 125th FW)

MACE (F-16CM, 169th FW)
VIPER (F-16CM, 169th FW)

BLADE (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)

CHALICE (E-3 backend, 963rd ACCS)
THUMPER (E-3 backend, 552nd ACW)
SCOUT (E-3 frontend, 552nd ACW)

BALDWIN (169th AWCS, GCI)
DOGHOUSE (325 FW Schoolhouse, GCI)
DRAGON (RTO)
GATOR (RTO)

ROJO (E-8C backend, 116th/461st ACW)
VULTURE (E-8C backend, 116th/461st ACW)
ADVANCE (JTAC, 15th ASOS)
BRIGHAM (simulated AWACS)

STINK 32 (F-22A, 154th Wing) on approach to Runway 28 at Savannah IAP.

STINK 32 (F-22A, 154th Wing) on approach to Runway 28 at Savannah IAP.

Tailnumbers
F-22A, 00-4015, 325th FW
F-22A, 01-4020, 325th FW
F-22A, 01-4022, 325th FW
F-22A, 01-4025, 325th FW
F-22A, 01-4027, 325th FW
F-22A, 01-4030, 325th FW
F-22A, 02-4032, 325th FW
F-22A, 02-4033, 325th FW
F-22A, 02-4034, 325th FW
F-22A, 02-4036, 325th FW
F-22A, 02-4040, 325th FW
F-22A, 03-4042, 325th FW
F-22A, 03-4043, 325th FW
F-22A, 03-4044, 325th FW

F-22A, 43rd FS at Tyndall AFB landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

F-22A, 43rd FS at Tyndall AFB landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

F-16C, 86-0262, 158th FW
F-16C, 86-0277, 158th FW
F-16C, 86-0288, 158th FW
F-16C, 86-0309, 158th FW
F-16C, 86-0317, 158th FW
F-16C, 86-0321, 158th FW
F-16C, 86-0331, 158th FW
F-16C, 86-0365, 158th FW
F-16C, 87-0223, 158th FW
F-16C, 87-0226, 158th FW
F-16C, 87-0294, 158th FW
F-16C, 87-0312, 158th FW
F-16C, 87-0322, 158th FW

F-16C, 86-0321, 158th FW, VT ANG landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

F-16C, 86-0321, 158th FW, VT ANG landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

F-16D, 87-0379, AL ANG
F-16D, 88-0151, AL ANG

F-16D, 85-1509, 113th Wing
F-16C, 86-0332, 113th Wing
F-16C, 86-0340, 113th Wing
F-16C, 86-0342, 113rh Wing
F-16C, 87-0292, 113th Wing
F-16C, 87-0304, 113th Wing
F-16C, 87-0308, 113th Wing
F-16C, 87-0334, 113th Wing

F-16C, 86-0332, 113th Wing, DC ANG landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

F-16C, 86-0332, 113th Wing, DC ANG landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

T-38C, 61-0904, 53rd WEG
T-38A, 63-8154, 53rd WEG
T-38A, 66-8404, 53rd WEG
T-38A, 68-8177, 53rd WEG
T-38A, 68-8185, 53rd WEG
T-38A, 62-3706, 1st FW

T-38C, 61-0904, 53rd WEG at Tyndall AFB landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

T-38C, 61-0904, 53rd WEG at Tyndall AFB landing at Savannah IAP after a Savannah Sentry sortie.

F-22A, 03-4049, 154th Wing
F-22A, 03-4050, 154th Wing
F-22A, 03-4052, 154th Wing
F-22A, 03-4055, 154th Wing
F-22A, 03-4058, 154th Wing
F-22A, 03-4060, 154th Wing
F-22A, 04-4062, 154th Wing
F-22A, 04-4064, 154th Wing

MAITAI 01 (F-22A, 03-4049, 154th Wing) on approach to Runway 28 at Savannah IAP.

MAITAI 01 (F-22A, 03-4049, 154th Wing) on approach to Runway 28 at Savannah IAP.

KC-135R, 59-1480, 92nd ARW
KC-135R, 62-3515, 92nd ARW
KC-135R, 64-14836, 92nd ARW

KC-135R, 57-1453, 117th ARW
KC-135R, 58-0004, 117th ARW

KC-135R, 58-0119, 134th ARW

KC-135R, 59-1520, 141st ARW

E-3C, 73-1675, 964th AACS

E-8C, 92-3289, 116/461 ACW

C-130H, 85-1361, 136th AW
C-130H, 85-1363, 136th AW
C-130H, 85-1367, 136th AW

C-130H, 93-1456, 145th AW

C-17A, 05-5150, 15th AMW/154th Wing

The tail of C-17, 05-5150, 15th AMW/154th Wing rising over the buildings and hangars of the Savannah CRTC.

The tail of C-17, 05-5150, 15th AMW/154th Wing rising over the buildings and hangars of the Savannah CRTC.

I can’t remember this many aircraft being involved in an exercise out of Savannah since the ASCIET exercises of the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Undoubtedly, the CRTC was the busiest it has been in years.  Now that the fighters have all returned home, the Savannah airspace will return to normal and the skies won’t be quite as noisy but I hope that they make Savannah Sentry a regular exercise.  It as a great opportunity to see and hear things that aren’t normally associated with Savannah and its surrounding airspace.


3 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Mac,
    Just curious, what location did you shoot your photos from? We had been coming down a couple of times a year (she does River St and Paula Deen’s and I do Oglethorpe Speedway and the airport). I have been watching and listening from the cell phone lot at the airport but I was wondering if there was a better place to watch from.
    Thanks
    Steve KG4KHQ

    • KF4LMT says:

      Sorry for the for the late reply, Steve. I approved the comment from my phone then intended to reply from the laptop but when I got on the laptop I forgot!

      I used a couple of different locations for the approach photos, all of them in fairly close proximity. The photos of the 43rd FS F-22s, 158th FW F-16s, and 113th Wing F-16s photos were taken from parking lot of the Applebees restaurant at the intersection of GA 21 and GA 307. The 154th Wing F-22 photos were taken from the parking lot of strip of business offices on GA 307 between GA 21 and the airport (sorry, I can’t remember the name of it).

      Although I rarely get the opportunity to go due to my work schedule, I enjoy the races at Oglethorpe Speedway as well. As far as I’m concerned, the races at the local dirt track beat the big pro oval races any day of the week!

  2. […] number of the frequencies, callsigns, and aircraft involved are the same as last year, but that’s no surprise with the same operating areas being used and a number of the same […]

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