Savannah – 53rd WRS WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft are continuing to fly missions to Hurricane Joaquin from Hunter AAF in Savannah. TEAL 72 (WC-130J, 97-5303, 53 WRS) arrived back at Hunter from the mission it flew around 0315 local/0715 UTC this morning. Just before 0400 local/0800 UTC, TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 97-5305, 53 WRS) departed Hunter headed out to Joaquin.
With Joaquin’s change in position as it moves to the northeast, the frequency sequence used this morning is different from yesterday’s. The sequence this morning for TEAL 73’s departure was 124.975 with Hunter AAF to 120.400 with Savannah Approach/Departure, followed by 132.925 with Jacksonville Center to 135.050 with Jacksonville Center. The HF air traffic control frequencies relayed to TEAL 73 this morning were 8.918 and 6.586 USB.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s Plan of the Day, there will be missions from TEAL 71 and 72 later today and this evening:
1. HURRICANE JOAQUIN FLIGHT ONE -- TEAL 71 FLIGHT TWO -- TEAL 72 A. 04/2330Z A. 05/1130Z B. AFXXX 1611A JOAQUIN B. AFXXX 1711A JOAQUIN C. 04/2000Z C. 05/0830Z D. 33.0N 66.9W D. 35.0N 65.5W E. 04/2300Z TO 05/0200Z E. 05/1100Z TO 05/1400Z F. SFC TO 10,000FT F. SFC TO 10,000FT
There is another interesting flight scheduled according to the NHC Plan of the Day, a research mission to Joaquin by a WB-57, NASA 928, from Robins AFB:
3. REMARKS: NASA WB-57(NASA 928) WILL FLY A 6HR RESEARCH MISSION AROUND JOAQUIN SUNDAY. TAKEOFF FROM WARNER-ROBINS WILL BE AT 04/1500Z. FLIGHT LEVELS 55,000-65,000FT. ANTICIPATING 71 DROPS.
Those along the east coast will want to start keeping an ear out for NASA 928 around 1100 Eastern/1500 UTC as it heads out to Hurricane Joaquin. Frequencies to keep an ear out for in the Savannah area are:
273.600/123.950 – Atlanta Center Sinca Low
290.375/125.825 – Atlanta Center Macon Ultra High
307.050/126.425 – Atlanta Center Dublin High
322.325/128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
360.625/124.325 – Atlanta Center Clark Hill Ultra High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
354.075/120.125 – Jax Center Knemo Ultra High
Based on today’s plan of the day, it appears that there are now flights scheduled for tomorrow.