Sunday, July 31, 2016

Another US Army aircraft mystery solved

Over the last few months I have been trying the solve the mystery of Mode-S hex code AE57D7. Based on intercepts I knew it was a US Army aircraft, probably a C-12 based on the PAT missions it was flying and based in the mid-Atlantic states (probably at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ).
Here are just some of the Priority Air Transport Mode-S IDs I have seen recently.
PAT 102/141/156/166/326/404/433/483/526/572/605/626/653/763/783/836

Friday the aircraft finally revealed its true identity in its Mode-S Hex address:

AE57D7  2016-07-29  21:00:36.000  R00261  Palmer, MA USA 

US Army 2-228 AVN C-12 Huron returning to KWRI from Afghanistan in 2014 (US Army Photo)
R00261 corresponds to 10-00261, a Beech C-12V-1 Huron based with the A/2-228 AVN at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ (KWRI). Prior to March 2014 this aircraft was using its civilian hex code of  AB146A. Now it is using its military hex code of AE57D7.

Glad to put this one to bed . . . finally.