Savannah – While it’s true that I haven’t had much radio time lately, I do have an update on my 24 September post about VMFAT-101 training at MCAS Beaufort.
Based on a DVIDS article that came this past week, VMFAT-101 has come to Beaufort for the first time (I mentioned that I thought it was in my previous post on VMFAT-101’s visit!) to utilize the area’s training areas and ranges as well as MCAS Beaufort’s Field Landing Carrier Practice facility since the training areas and ranges at their home base of MCAS Mirimar, CA are being used for a weapons and tactics instructor course and airshow. Since it was going to be difficult for them to get range time, the unit has brought 15 F/A-18B, F/A-18C, and F/A-18D fighters to Beaufort. While there, they’ll be using hangar space belonging to MCAS Beaufort squadrons that are deployed and will be supported by Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-31 (MALS-31) that supports the Beaufort squadrons’ operations. The article goes on to say that they’ll be flying every day in order to fulfill their training requirements (no doubt that’s been difficult so far with all of the dismal weather we’ve had), so there should be plenty of opportunities to see or hear them action.
As I mentioned last week, this a great opportunity to catch a unit that isn’t heard in this area very often. Based on that accompanied the DVIDS article, it looks like there are nice variety of paint schemes to see on VMFAT-101’s jets if you’re lucky enough to get a visual on them!
Due to weather and work, I haven’t had a lot of radio time since VMFAT-101 arrived at MCAS Beaufort, but yesterday the planets aligned and I was able to get in some radio time while mobile in the Hardeeville, SC area and at home in Savannah. Luckily, VMFAT-101 was flying and I was able to catch some of their activity! I was also able to catch the arrival of a couple of flights on 25 September.
As expected, they are using the callsign SHOOTER. The incoming flights I caught were SHOOTER 05/06 and SHOOTER 07/08; I didn’t catch an air-to-air for 07/08 flight but 05/06 were using 249.950, which is one of their known air-to-air frequencies.
Yesterday, they continued to use SHOOTER (0# and 1# flights) during their training flights, but were using VMFA(AW)-224 air-to-air frequencies: 250.300, 258.900, and 336.225. I didn’t catch them checking in with Base, but if they’re using VMFA(AW)-224 Tacs for air-to-air, 305.800 would be a good bet. All of the training flights I heard yesterday were into the Coastal MOA over the Townsend Range area. The flights routed from Beaufort on 292.125 to Savannah on 371.875 and 353.775 with some going via Jax Center on 363.200 and 282.200 or 277.400 before switching to the MOA on 269.350. Based on that info, here’s an updated frequency list:
- 119.050/342.675 – Tower
- 328.425 – Beaufort Approach/Departure
- 292.125/125.125 – Beaufort Approach/Departure
- 281.800 – Base Ops
- 264.500 – PMSV
- 250.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1, in use by VMFAT-101
- 258.900 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2, in use by VMFAT-101
- 336.225 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 3, in use by VMFAT-101
- 249.950 – VMFAT-101 air-to-air
- 119.100 – Tower
- 257.800 – Tower
- 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
- 124.975 – Tower
- 279.575 – Tower
- 277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
- 282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
- 363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Millen/Savannah Low
- 284.500 – North Primary
- 120.950 – North Primary
- 313.700 – North Secondary
- 267.500 – South Primary
- 349.800 – Discrete
- 376.900 – Discrete
- 385.300 – Discrete
- 301.000 – South TACTS Range
- 350.000 – South TACTS Range
- 119.225 – Townsend Range
- 228.400 – Townsend Range
- 252.900 – Townsend Range
- 269.350 – Coastal MOA