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Hurricane Hunters Update and Coast Guard MH-65D Flights to Charleston; 5 October 2015

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Savannah – Yesterday, the Hurricane Hunter WC-130Js from the 53rd WRS continued to fly missions to Hurricane Joaquin as it neared Bermuda. TEAL 72 (WC-130J, 97-5303, 53 WRS), TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 97-5305, 53 WRS), and TEAL 71 (WC-130J, 97-5304, 53 WRS) flew Hurricane Joaquin missions from and returning to Hunter AAF. Along with the previously reported frequencies, I could hear some interplane traffic between the WC-130Js on 123.050 while they were on the ground yesterday. Thanks to Larry Van Horn for the heads up on 53rd WRS frequencies. With yesterday’s weather a bit nicer compared to the previous few days, I was finally able to get some photographs of one of the WC-130Js; these two are of TEAL 73 returning yesterday afternoon from the morning flight Joaquin.

TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 97-5305, 53 WRS) on approach to Hunter AAF on 4 October 2015 after flying a morning mission to Hurricane Joaquin out in the Atlantic Ocean.

TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 97-5305, 53 WRS) on approach to Hunter AAF on 4 October 2015 after flying a morning mission to Hurricane Joaquin out in the Atlantic Ocean.

TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 97-5305, 53 WRS) on approach to Hunter AAF on 4 October 2015 after flying a morning mission to Hurricane Joaquin out in the Atlantic Ocean.

TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 97-5305, 53 WRS) on approach to Hunter AAF on 4 October 2015 after flying a morning mission to Hurricane Joaquin out in the Atlantic Ocean.

In addition to WC-130J flights, NASA 928 (WB-57, N928NA, NASA) flew a research mission to Hurricane Joaquin. Due to the high altitude NASA 928 was flying at (almost 50,000 ft when it went out of range), I was able to hear the WB-57 from not long after it took off from Robins AFB until it after it went offshore over the Atlantic Ocean. The frequency sequence for the outbound leg to the Hurricane was:

126.425 – Atlanta Center Dublin High
133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
135.050 – Jax Center Meta Low/High

The inbound leg used mostly the same set of frequencies with Jax Center Ridgeway Ultra High added and Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High and Meta Low/High dropped:

134.975 – Jax Center Ridgeway Ultra High
132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
126.425 – Atlanta Center Dublin High

Based on the Hurricane Hunters Schedule on the National Hurricane Center’s website, no WC-130J flights are scheduled for Joaquin today, but there is a WB-57 flight scheduled for the Monday at the same time as the Sunday flight.

    1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
    2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY.....NEGATIVE. 
    3. REMARKS:
       A. NASA WB-57(NASA 928) WILL FLY A 6HR RESEARCH MISSION
       AROUND JOAQUIN MONDAY. TAKEOFF FROM WARNER-ROBINS
       WILL BE AT 05/1500Z. FLIGHT LEVELS 55,000-65,000FT.
       ANTICIPATING 82 DROPS.

Depending on the flight plan NASA 928 uses, it could use some of the same frequencies as yesterday. Throughout the flight, I was able to track its progress on FlightRadar24, and FlightAware, which was a great help in knowing when it took off and when it was headed back to Robins. It just so happens I’ll be in Warner Robins today visiting the Museum of Aviation; if I catch the WB-57s takeoff, I’ll tweet out a heads up.


In other severe weather news, I’m sure many of you are familiar with the historic rain and flooding that is causing so much trouble in South Carolina. While monitoring the Joaquin related flights yesterday, I caught US Coast Guard MH-65Ds from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah going up to the Charleston area. While a daily rotation flight is normal, three of the went to Charleston yesterday: 6516, 6562, and 6550. When 6516 went, it went as RESCUE 6516, which indicated it was a on a SAR mission. Based on tweets from the South Carolina National Guard, Coast Guard helicopters were helping in search and rescue efforts in flooded areas, so it’s quite possible at least one if not all of the three were involved. Although much of the communications on the CG ### frequencies could be encrypted, if the Coast Guard flies rescue missions in Charleston today, possible frequencies are:

345.000 – USCG Air Station Savannah Ops
150.300 – CG 107 (P25), Air Station Savannah Ops (NAC 293)

171.2375 – CG 127 (P25), Sector Charleston
413.000 – CG 410 (P25), Sector Charleston Air Ops (NAC 293); enc
156.800 – Marine VHF Ch. 16
157.050 – Marine VHF Ch. 21
157.100 – Marine VHF Ch. 22


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  1. […] Hurricane Hunters Update and Coast Guard MH-65D Flights to Charleston; 5 October 2015 […]

  2. […] Joaquin was active in the Atlantic and Hurricane Hunter WC-130Js and a NOAA WB-57 worked out of Hunter AAF and Robins AFB to fly missions into the […]

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