This morning while on the way to visit the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge I was surprised to hear two flights of F-16s preparing for departure on 142.700 and 140.500, two of the Savannah CRTC’s air-to-air frequencies. As I drove further north on Highway 21 I heard them getting ready to take off on Runway 10; I knew their flight path would take them right over the intersection of Highway 21 and Highway 307 so I quickly found a spot in the area to take some photos from. Just as I stepped out of the car, MAITAI 01 came roaring over the trees; I missed getting a good photo of it but I did get some decent photos of MAITAI 02, 03, and 04.
The 21st FS is based out of Luke AFB and trains F-16 pilots for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force. They usually come over to work out of Savannah for a copule of weeks each year. Besides the MATIAI flight, GAMBLER 0# also departed while I continued on to the National Wildlife Refuge. Both flights went out and worked offshore in the Special Use Areas controlled by SEALORD. One of the frequencies they used was 301.000 but I didn’t catch the other frequency. They also used the usual CRTC Ops frequency of 237.000. Hopefully they’ll fly another sortie this afternoon and I’ll catch the other fight frequency. I’m guessing they’ll be here this week and next – keep an ear out for them on the radio and eye out for them in the skies.