Savannah – A couple of days ago when I returned to Savannah from Brunswick, I discovered that some F-15s were at the Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center/Air Dominance Center at the Savannah International Airport. On both Thursday and Friday they flew sorties offshore for exercises with F-15s from Jacksonville IAP, F-16s from McEntire JNGB, and F/A-18s from MCAS Beaufort. They’ve been identified as Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing F-15Cs from Portland. The callsigns I’ve heard have been EAGLE and RAGE and I caught one flight using 226.750 for air-to-air; I’ve not heard them checking in/out with Ops on the CRTC’s Ops frequency of 237.000, however. Additionally, there are two KC-135s operating out of Hunter AAF in support of the fighter activity as EXPO 8# and EDDIE 9#. The Georgia Air National Guard’s 117th Air Control Squadron (callsign STEALTH) has been providing intercept and airspace control.
The activity I’ve heard has somewhat pointed to a Sentry Savannah exercise. Although the timing is similar to Sentry Savannah exercises in previous years and the frequencies being used offshore are the same, there is only one fighter unit at the CRTC instead of two (its also worth noting that throughout the Sentry Savannah exercises, F-22s have almost always had a presence). Here’s what I heard in use on both Thursday and Friday:
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
235.900 – NORAD Discrete; Red Air Check In
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Blue Air Check In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; ACM with STEALTH (117 ACS)
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; ACM with STEALTH (117 ACS)
228.400 – Townsend Range
While coming and going from the offshore training areas and Townsend Range, the aircraft have been using the usual Savannah area frequencies and the F-15s, F-16s, and F/A-18s have been using their normal callsigns and frequencies which can be found in the monthly recap postings and the MilAir page of this blog. One thing that hasn’t been updated on the MilAir page yet is a change in callsign by the Florida Air National Guard F-15s from Jacksonville; they’ve been using GATOR in place of SNAKE recently and they’ve also been heard using JAGUAR.
If it’s a Sentry Savannah exercise, there should be another week of activity although the Oregon ANG F-15s may switch out with another fighter unit and the KC-135 units may rotate aircraft.