Monday, March 27, 2017

The Mystery of AE059A - now solved!

Update: From an anonymous contributor - The "mysterious" hex AE059A on RCH302 was being used by 22ARW KC-135RT 60-0362 (should be AE059D).  It may well be that the aircraft's 2nd box was being used - which had been replaced and not recoded. This aircraft landed at EGUN (Mildenhall AB, UK) at 0951 UTC. Thanks to our anon source.

Well here is a really interesting mystery for my readers to contemplate. We have a Mode-S hex code address AE059A flying around Europe right now displaying a Mode-S call sign of Reach 302. So what is such a big deal about that?

USAF KC-135R 60-0319 in flight (Photo courtesy of Air International)
Well AE059A was last used by a KC-135R tanker serial number 60-0319 assigned to the 22 ARW at McConnell AFB in Kansas. problem is that airframe is now sitting in the 309 AMARG boneyard at Davis Monthan AFB in Arizona.

There is this post on the Aviation Week Network site on March 3, 2013:

USAF Retires 'First Operational' KC-135R .... Again


According to another article on February 26, 2013, KC135R 61-0312 of the 97AMW/54ARS at Altus AFB arrived at AMARG for storage. It was posted that it was the first of 16 which were being retired as part of a Force Structure Reduction authorized by the National Defense Authorization Acr for fiscal year 2013. This article claimed it was actually the second KC-135R  to be retired (see article above) but it is assumed (based on its unpainted appearance) that the first, 60-0319, was not considered operational at the time of its arrival at AMARG.

So readers has 60-0319 been made operational again, reactivated and flying around Europe right now as Reach 302 or has AE059A been reassigned to another AMC airframe? My guess is the later but which AMC airframe is using it?

If anyone has anything solid to share on AE059A please drop me a line at the email address in the masthead.


Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 26 Mar 2017 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

ADFECB 84-0485 PAT502  2017-03-26 15:46:18 C-12T-3 United States KY ARNG | OSACOM DET-11 [KFFT]
ADFE67 91-1236 DERBY 03  2017-03-26 14:42:13 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE04AC 99-0103 ---   2017-03-26 13:34:17 UC-35a1 United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE]
040000 various ---   2017-03-26 12:36:13 various various Various  1026  32000
A7EF54 N610G N610G  2017-03-26 00:28:05 C-32B United States L-3 CAPITAL  ---  38025

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 25 Mar 2017 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

43C6FA ZZ337 RRR2217  2017-03-25 23:34:06 Voyager KC3 United Kingdom RAF | 10 / 101Sqn  6714  41025
AE0433 02-5001 ---   2017-03-25 22:28:04 C-32B United States USAF | 486FLTS [KVPS]  ---  35975
AE223F 2308 ---   2017-03-25 21:20:05 HC-144A United States USCG |
AE4A81 09-0525 ---   2017-03-25 20:08:04 C-37B United States USAF | 89AW | 99AS [KADW]
AE571A 169036 CNV4142  2017-03-25 19:36:03 C-40A United States USNR | VR-61 [KNUW]
ADFEA3 96-7323 ANVIL51  2017-03-25 19:12:05 C-130H United States AFRC | 302AW | 731AS [KCOS]
AE1737 06-3837 ---   2017-03-25 18:38:07 T-6A United States USAF  6026  24050
AE0897 00-3570 ---   2017-03-25 18:36:08 T-6A United States USAF  3143  26000
AE49C8 09-9212 RCH555  2017-03-25 17:52:06 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
ADFE67 91-1236 ---   2017-03-25 16:00:08 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE06E1 163553 ---   2017-03-25 14:26:10 UC-12F United States USNAVY
AE10B7 01-0188 POLO17  2017-03-25 13:22:20 C-17A United States NY ANG | 105AW | 137AS [KSWF]
040000 various ---   2017-03-25 13:18:20 various various Various  3012  32000
AE05AA 63-8019 BOBBY73  2017-03-25 08:14:16 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]  2474  28000
AE173A 06-3840 ---   2017-03-25 03:32:03 T-6A United States USAF | 14FTW | 37FTS [KCBM]
AE1E5E 07-3894 ---   2017-03-25 01:58:07 T-6A United States ---
AE0247 96-8153 ---   2017-03-25 01:44:06 EC-130J United States PA ANG | 193SOW | 193SOS [KMDT]  2627  23975
AE0888 99-3555 ---   2017-03-25 01:40:08 T-6A United States USAF | 14FTW | 37FTS [KCBM]
AE08AD 00-3592 ---   2017-03-25 01:28:07 T-6A United States USAF
0D809F --- YV2040  2017-03-25 00:38:08 --- Venezuela 40150
43C6FA ZZ337 RRR2216  2017-03-25 00:32:10 Voyager KC3 United Kingdom RAF | 10 / 101Sqn  ---  38000

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 24 Mar 2017 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE4F16 10-0222 RCH147  2017-03-24 23:36:06 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  2040  37000
710022 HZ-MS4C HZMS4C  2017-03-24 23:24:07 Gulfstream 450 Saudi Arabia Saudi Armed Forces Medical Services  3543  43000
AE040D 162782 ---   2017-03-24 22:54:07 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK]  3053  26975
AE0247 96-8153 HAVOC99  2017-03-24 21:06:15 EC-130J United States PA ANG | 193SOW | 193SOS [KMDT]  2627  23975
ADFD01 95-0053 ---   2017-03-24 20:10:06 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS  2210  20400
ADFCE8 94-0137 ---   2017-03-24 19:24:12 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
AE0811 00-0175 RCH136  2017-03-24 17:54:13 C-17A United States AETC | 97AMW | 58AS [KLTS]
AE066F 62-3580 REGAL51  2017-03-24 17:26:15 KC-135R United States AFRC | 916ARW | 77ARS [KGSB]  1643  31000
AE0499 58-0010 ---   2017-03-24 16:42:21 KC-135R United States NJ ANG | 108W | 141ARS [KWRI]  7144  27000
ADFE69 91-1238 DERBY 72  2017-03-24 16:42:21 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE02CA 89-9106 ---   2017-03-24 16:28:11 C-130H United States AFRC | 910AW | 757AS [KYNG]  6007  21100
AE0499 58-0010 TOPCAT4  2017-03-24 15:58:22 KC-135R United States NJ ANG | 108W | 141ARS [KWRI]  7144  27000
ADFE95 95-0096/95-0088 ---   2017-03-24 15:42:19 C-12R+ United States USARMY  2055  22450
AE02CA 89-9106 VADER06  2017-03-24 15:24:11 C-130H United States AFRC | 910AW | 757AS [KYNG]  6007  21100
AE047F 59-1509 SODA81  2017-03-24 15:10:20 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE0384 59-1458 EDDIE94  2017-03-24 15:02:16 KC-135R United States OH ANG | 121ARW [KLCK]
ADFD76 91-0506 ---   2017-03-24 14:52:11 C-26E United States CO ARNG | OSACOM DET-33 [KBKF]  5761  20000
ADFE95 95-0096/95-0088 PAT564  2017-03-24 14:50:28 C-12R+ United States USARMY  2055  22450
AE1455 05-5151/41 E55141  2017-03-24 14:22:29 C-17A United States AFRC | 452AMW | 729AS [KRIV]
AE57C7 169002 VVLL812  2017-03-24 13:08:07 P-8A United States USN |  ---  24050
AE05AA 63-8019 ---   2017-03-24 10:44:12 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]
AE05AA 63-8019 BOBBY73  2017-03-24 07:00:06 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]
ADFDD5 95-6711 ANVIL20  2017-03-24 00:52:10 C-130H United States WV ANG | 130AW | 130AS [KCRW]
AE1490 95-0122 PEACH84  2017-03-24 00:02:06 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 23 Mar 2017 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE08F9 84-24376 PAT823  2017-03-23 23:30:08 C-12R United States OSACOM/PAT
520291 --- KEYS 10  2017-03-23 21:34:16 KC-135R United States ---
A8657E N640CS 00000000  2017-03-23 20:00:12 737-400 United States US DOJ
AE05D7 85-0037 HANK01  2017-03-23 19:38:20 C-130H United States AFRC | 440AW | 95AS [KPOB]
AE11D5 73-1675 SNTRY62H  2017-03-23 19:34:24 E-3C United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK]
ADFC89 91-0101 ---   2017-03-23 19:32:10 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 479FTG | 451FTS [KNPA]
ADFCF3 94-0148 ---   2017-03-23 18:32:13 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
ADFE69 91-1238 ---   2017-03-23 17:50:17 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE2EEE 166113 ---   2017-03-23 17:36:16 T-6B United States ---
AE0139 63-8003 TOPCAT4  2017-03-23 16:48:16 KC-135R United States NJ ANG | 108W | 141ARS [KWRI]
AE057E 87-0033 ---   2017-03-23 16:06:29 C-5M United States AFRC | 433AW | 68AS [KSKF]
ADFDB7 93-1037 ---   2017-03-23 15:58:30 C-130H United States AFRC | 94AW | 700AS [KMGE]
AE016A 86-0206 ---   2017-03-23 15:26:43 C-20B United States USAF | 89AW | 99AS [KADW]
ADFCE9 94-0138 ---   2017-03-23 15:20:12 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
ADFDB7 93-1037 COBB 37  2017-03-23 15:03:12 C-130H United States AFRC | 94AW | 700AS [KMGE]
AE037A 63-7993 EDDIE61  2017-03-23 14:50:48 KC-135R United States OH ANG | 121ARW [KLCK]
AE0940 166374 ---   2017-03-23 14:36:19 UC-35D United States VMR DET [KADW]
AE01AB 84-0072 COUGR01  2017-03-23 14:22:42 C-21A United States CT ANG | 103FW | 118FS [KBDL]
AE13D1 04-1778 R1778  2017-03-23 12:04:10 C-37B United States USARMY | OSACOM PATD [KADW]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 22 Mar 2017 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

ADFE4D 94-0321 PAT885  2017-03-22 23:22:10 C-12R United States USARC | 6-52 AVN (TA)  ---  24000
AE10B5 01-0186 RCH238T  2017-03-22 22:50:10 C-17A United States USAF | 436AW | 3AS [KDOV]
AE093A 00-1051 ---   2017-03-22 22:48:07 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE]
AE14B7 160982 ---   2017-03-22 22:28:07 T-44A United States USN | TW-4 | VT-31 [KNGP]
AE4EB5 168431 TRDNT22  2017-03-22 21:48:08 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP]  ---  33000
AE093D 01-0301 ---   2017-03-22 21:34:16 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  0701  36925
ADD445 N990ST ---   2017-03-22 21:22:09 737-4Y0 United States National Nuclear Safety Administration  7073  32975
AE145C 06-6158 RCH141  2017-03-22 20:30:13 C-17A United States USAF | 60AMW | 21AS [KSUU]
040000 various ---   2017-03-22 19:46:16 various various Various
AE5C54 15-5810 KANTO36  2017-03-22 17:52:12 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 374AW | 36AS [RJTY]
AE03D8 165162 ---   2017-03-22 17:26:15 KC-130T United States USMCR | VMGR-234 [KNFW]  2610  20000
AE040A 165738 OTIS13  2017-03-22 16:56:07 KC-130J United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]
ADFD76 91-0506 ---   2017-03-22 14:40:14 C-26E United States CO ARNG | OSACOM DET-33 [KBKF]
AE015F 58-0119 ---   2017-03-22 13:54:38 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE07D7 92-3293 RCH978  2017-03-22 13:42:32 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  3275  19100
AE0940 166374 ---   2017-03-22 13:16:12 UC-35D United States VMR DET [KADW]  5654  40000
AE4A60 166696 CNV4184  2017-03-22 11:50:25 C-40A United States USNR | VR-56 [KNTU]
AE04C4 59-1475 BOBBY63  2017-03-22 07:30:16 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]
AE12B6 86-1699 ---   2017-03-22 04:12:08 MC-130H United States USAF | 58SOW | 550SOS [KIKR]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The U.S. Army's Newest Spy Plane Is in Action in Africa and Latin America


After almost getting canned in 2012, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System is now snooping abroad.

The first version of the U.S. Army’s newest spy plane is in action in Africa and Latin America. At the same time, the service is finishing tests of three additional sub-variants in Arizona.

On March 12, 2017, Scout Warrior first reported these overseas deployments. The War Zone subsequently learned only some of the four signals intelligence-focused versions of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS-S) were snooping abroad.

You can read the rest of this story on The WarZone website at http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8443/the-u-s-armys-newest-spy-plane-is-in-action-in-africa-and-latin-america.

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 21 Mar 2017 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE1492 96-0042 PEACH91  2017-03-21 23:18:10 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]
0D066B ------ ---   2017-03-21 22:38:09 ------ Mexico ---  3506  19000
AE115E 01-0030 ---   2017-03-21 22:02:21 C-37A United States USAF | 6AMW | 310AS [KMCF]  3635  41025
AE11D2 71-1407 SNTRY61  2017-03-21 20:00:09 E-3C United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK]  0552  31000
249249 Various ---   2017-03-21 19:26:18 Various Various ---
AE0191 84-0124 SPAR881  2017-03-21 19:06:19 C-21A United States CT ANG | 103FW | 118FS [KBDL]
AE05D7 85-0037 HANK01  2017-03-21 18:30:16 C-130H United States AFRC | 440AW | 95AS [KPOB]  7176  21000
AE047F 59-1509 SODA81  2017-03-21 18:28:13 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE143F 05-1465 MLIBU55  2017-03-21 17:30:21 C-130J-30 United States CA ANG | 146AW | 115AS [KNTD]
AE07CF 89-1191 POLO09  2017-03-21 17:24:15 C-17A United States NY ANG | 105AW | 137AS [KSWF]  1753  36000
AE040D 162782 ---   2017-03-21 16:18:34 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK]  0550  26000
AE025E 61-0264 ---   2017-03-21 16:16:11 KC-135R United States OH ANG | 121ARW [KLCK]
AE041C 164410 ---   2017-03-21 15:22:32 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK]
AE057E 87-0033 ---   2017-03-21 15:12:08 C-5M United States AFRC | 433AW | 68AS [KSKF]
AE5C93 15-5811 FIXER55  2017-03-21 14:36:10 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 374AW | 36AS [RJTY]  2577  20000
ADD445 N990ST ---   2017-03-21 13:50:38 737-4Y0 United States National Nuclear Safety Administration
0D0668 ------ ---   2017-03-21 13:44:10 ------ Mexico ---
040000 various ---   2017-03-21 12:28:11 various various Various
AE0662 60-0357 TURBO81  2017-03-21 06:12:06 KC-135T United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]  1117  38000
AE2FAB 08-8199 RCH159  2017-03-21 03:36:06 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]  2562  37000
AE54D2 12-5769 KING21  2017-03-21 01:44:07 HC-130J United States USAF | 23 Wing | 71RQS [KVAD]
AE4C5F 10-0729 ---   2017-03-21 00:34:11 MC-12S-2 United States US Army  1767  26000

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 20 Mar 2017 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE4AEA 09-0017 ---   2017-03-20 23:22:08 C-32A United States USAF | 89AW | 1AS [KADW]
AE20C8 07-7187 RCH943  2017-03-20 22:56:08 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
AE0191 84-0124 SPAR881  2017-03-20 22:30:15 C-21A United States CT ANG | 103FW | 118FS [KBDL]
AE1492 96-0042 KOMODO1  2017-03-20 22:30:13 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]
ADFD74 91-0504/91-0507 ---   2017-03-20 20:44:08 RC-26B United States WV ANG | 130AW | 130AS [KCRW]
AE07D9 93-0599 FROZN13  2017-03-20 19:32:11 C-17A United States USAF | 3WG | 517AS [PAED]  2656  34000 
AE04AB 99-0102 ---   2017-03-20 19:08:09 UC-35a1 United States US Army | E/52 AVN (TA) [ETOC]
AE20C7 07-7186 ---   2017-03-20 18:24:15 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
AE087F 01-0029 ---   2017-03-20 18:08:11 C-37A United States USAF | 6AMW | 310AS [KMCF]
AE05E2 87-9287 --   2017-03-20 18:04:14 C-130H United States AFRC | 914AW | 328AS [KIAG]  3045  25000 
AE05E2 87-9287 PITT10  2017-03-20 15:30:27 C-130H United States AFRC | 914AW | 328AS [KIAG]  3045  25000 
AE1495 97-0200 LEGEND4  2017-03-20 14:48:10 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]
AE093C 00-1053 ---   2017-03-20 14:42:23 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  1010  41000 
AE07F4 97-0042 ---   2017-03-20 14:22:38 C-17A United States TN ANG | 164AW | 155AS [KMEM]
ADFEB6 75-0125 FLASH22  2017-03-20 12:56:12 E-4B United States USAF | 55WG | 1ACCS [KOFF]
A4ABBF N40R N40R  2017-03-20 09:36:07 Beech 200 United States USARMY  3162  17000 
A4ABBF N40R ---   2017-03-20 03:16:04 Beech 200 United States USARMY  ---  44500