It was a typical Monday MilAir-wise in Savannah yesterday (typicall not as active relative to Tuesday through Friday) but there were some interesting catches on the radios.
A flight of A-10s from the 23rd FG at Moody AFB did an approach at Hunter AAF before heading back to Moody. They were using the callsigns EXAM 01/02 and were on 143.000 for air-to-air. After the approach at Hunter they headed back southwest via 353.775 with Savannah Approach/Departure, 282.200 with Jax Center Jekyll Low, the I last heard them on 269.025 with Jax Center Waycross Low. The photos below aren’t the best in the world, but I was able to snap a few; the first was taken into the morning sun and both were at the limit of my lens.
It’s always fun to see A-10s but there were other more interesting aircraft in the area yesterday. There are three C-146As from the 27th SOW at Savannah IAP right now. I’m not sure what they’re up to but they’ve been flying as HOUND 91, 92, and 93. When I heard HOUND 91 and 92 yesterday, they left Savannah IAP and head toward the southwest on 124.675 with Jax Center Jekyll Low and 127.575 with Jax Center Waycross Low, returning to Savannah IAP later in the afternoon. HOUND 93 was heard doing some pattern work at Hunter AAF for awhile yesterday. All three have been on Mode-S:
- A786D4 – C-146A, N577EF, 27 SOW (HOUND92)
- 000BD2 – C-146A, 27 SOW (HOUND91)
- 005A14 – C-146A, 12-3060, 27 SOW (HOUND 93 on ATC)
The other interesting visitor yesterday was the US Navy’s MZ-3A blimp, which passed through Hunter AAF’s airspace going northbound yesterday afternoon. I got an eyeball on it from home as it passed behind some trees but those trees kept me from getting a photo. John Bennett (@JRBisMe on Twitter) did get a photo as it passed near him. The MZ-3A, assigned the USN research squadron VXS-1, was using the callsign WARLOCK 9 and was on 124.975 with Hunter AAF tower. It also showed up on Mode-S: A0E531 – MZ-3A, N157LG/167811, VXS-1. It’s only the second time I’ve heard the MZ-3A, it definitely isn’t a common visitor to our area.