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VMFAT-501 Frequency Update


Savannah – Back in August, I wrote a post on possible VMFAT-501 frequencies after I received a question about them. I offered up what I thought might be some possibilities and it turns out none of them were correct (so far)!  Today I was home in Savannah for the first time since the first F-35B class at MCAS Beaufort got underway and was able to catch a flight of VMFAT-501 F-35Bs working in SEALORD’s offshore airspace and at Townsend Range.  SWEDE 71/72 used 315.300 for air-to-air and checked up with BASE on 299.275 on their way home after working at Townsend. At least now we now know two of their squadron frequencies:

  • 299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
  • 315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac (Tac 1?)

If they follow the same practice as the rest of the squadrons at Beaufort, there will be two more Tac frequencies. I’m assuming that 315.300 is Tac 1, but I’m not ready to label it that yet.  It’s also worth mentioning that the first few F-35Bs I heard flying out of Beaufort used SWEDE 6# but they’re now using SWEDE 7#. This falls between the 6# callsigns that VMFA-312 uses and the 8# callsigns that VMFA(AW)-533 uses, so 7# may be their assigned callsign numbers. More listening will flesh it all out. Good Listening!

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