Are Blue Angels in El Centro?

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w6kru
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Are Blue Angels in El Centro?

Postby w6kru » Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:48 pm

Three weeks ago I was out at Superstition OHV area. I heard some activity on the Startup frequency 273.3. Then the planes went to the El Centro Twr freq. Shortly afterward they contacted the tower for clearance for low altitude maneuvers. A little bit later 2 planes crossed in close proximity right over our heads. We could see the pilots helmets in the canopy.

Two different people told me that one of the planes went underneath the power lines at speed right before I got there? These were not the big towers but the smaller power line poles.

Today I was over at Plaster City and picked up lots of activity on Fat Albert ( 236.45 ). This definitely sounded like Blue Angels. It seems a little early for them to be in town though?

Brian
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Re: Are Blue Angels in El Centro?

Postby Brian » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:37 am

I checked and notice this freq is used by 236.45 VMFAT-101 air-air
273.3000 NTD Range Ctrl (info from 2003)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/socalmilcom

Could be a jet from VMFAT-101 ?
http://www.3maw.usmc.mil/mag11/vmfat101
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMFAT-101

As you know already. Blue Anglels wont be there till March 14,2009 NAF El Centro, CA.

ChrisK
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Re: Are Blue Angels in El Centro?

Postby ChrisK » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:15 am

I think the Blue Angels train at NAF El Centro in the off-season.

w6kru
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Re: Are Blue Angels in El Centro?

Postby w6kru » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:16 am

ChrisK wrote:I think the Blue Angels train at NAF El Centro in the off-season.


You are correct. I asked the locals about it and they didn't think they were in town yet but the traffic I heard yesterday tells me otherwise.

Rescue Pooh
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Re: Are Blue Angels in El Centro?

Postby Rescue Pooh » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:01 pm

This is what I found after doing some searching. According to this they won't be in El Centro until Jan. 3rd.

http://kxoradio.com/local-news/blue-ang ... tro-2.html

w6kru
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Re: Are Blue Angels in El Centro?

Postby w6kru » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:27 pm

Rescue Pooh wrote:This is what I found after doing some searching. According to this they won't be in El Centro until Jan. 3rd.

http://kxoradio.com/local-news/blue-ang ... tro-2.html


Well now you've really got me wondering. The traffic I heard this weekend sure sounded like the BA doing a formation type of exercise. I usually see bombing practice out there and there is very little associated radio traffic. These guys were really chatty and joking around a bit. I even heard laughter over the air a couple of times. :?: :?: :?:


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