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Binocular report. Yesterday a squadron of 6xEA-18G came in. The time between the first bird and the last was too short to get out to the beach. Too back-lit to get anything off the tails.

Interestingly, they used the callsign FLASHBACK, which I've never heard before. That was the callsign of VAQ-34, however they were disestablished over 20 years ago.
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9 January

Jets sleeping, very quiet at beach with Ospreys still grounded

N368SS DHC-6 Kahuna 68
N238PT DHC-4 Kahuna 38
YJ 245 BUNO 165245 USMC CH-53E // HMH-WEST on fuselage, WARHORSE (HMH-465) on scanner
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SBGrad wrote: 09 Jan 2024, 17:12 Binocular report. Yesterday a squadron of 6xEA-18G came in. The time between the first bird and the last was too short to get out to the beach. Too back-lit to get anything off the tails.

Interestingly, they used the callsign FLASHBACK, which I've never heard before. That was the callsign of VAQ-34, however they were disestablished over 20 years ago.
I'm guessing VAQ-137 "NH".
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Rooks
Checkmates
Blue Blasters
static park on transient ramp , no covers on any jets

Not seen :
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12 January

via Binoculars...

Blue Angel 3 overhead break to recovery on 29.
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...more fun with binoculars--NASA T-38 overhead break to recovery on 29. ADSB says it's N915NA.
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Omni Air International
Boeing 767-300F
N477AX
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Wednesday March 27
4xEA-18G Growlers fly in

Thursday 2x Growlers perform flyover of Petco Park downtown for the Opening Day of baseball season, return to NASNI.

Today (Friday) I find out the planes came from VAQ-129 Vikings. After the planess landed they drove the crews over the bridge to watch the game.
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31 March

USAF C-17 05-5139 // SLAM 96 numbers from adsb

Another Petco flyover, followed by a transit of the island, almost right over Chez Grad at 1600 ft AGL.

https://www.flightaware.com/live/flight ... /KNZY/KNZY

Landed on rwy 11, that doesn't happen very often
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2 April- all flying log, everything landing on 29 except as noted*

USN VRM 30 Titans "Rudy"
Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey
34/169441 //Rudy** 34

USN VAQ-129 Vikings EA-18G NJ 5XX
507/169207
553/168772
500/169195
575/169141
503/169216

Kahuna flights to San Clemente
DHC-6 N344CS //Kahuna 34
DHC-4 N238PT //Kahuna 38

USAF Lockheed HC-130J
DM 13-5782

USN Boeing C-40 Clipper
165874

USMC Lockheed Martin F-35B
VMFA-242 Bats DT
16/169918
12/169695

VMFA-122 Flying Leathernecks DC
09/169796
122/169611 // color bird

// all 4 F-35B landed in 'STOVL mode' all inlets + fan doors open

* landing on rwy 36
Lockheed C-5 // scanner batteries dead by b this time, didn't hear who it was, no pix

**The RUDY callsign doesn't come from the 1993 film, but rather the nickname of the patriarch of the raccoon family discovered in the old hangar VRM-30 inherited.
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Nice log as always, thanks. Can you confirm 553 for 168772? 523 maybe?

169145 for 500 not 169195.

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SBGrad wrote: 03 Apr 2024, 02:41 2 April- all flying log, everything landing on 29 except as noted*

USN VRM 30 Titans "Rudy"
Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey
34/169441 //Rudy** 34

USN VAQ-129 Vikings EA-18G NJ 5XX
507/169207
553/168772
500/169195
575/169141
503/169216

Kahuna flights to San Clemente
DHC-6 N344CS //Kahuna 34
DHC-4 N238PT //Kahuna 38

USAF Lockheed HC-130J
DM 13-5782

USN Boeing C-40 Clipper
165874

USMC Lockheed Martin F-35B
VMFA-242 Bats DT
16/169918
12/169695

VMFA-122 Flying Leathernecks DC
09/169796
122/169611 // color bird

// all 4 F-35B landed in 'STOVL mode' all inlets + fan doors open

* landing on rwy 36
Lockheed C-5 // scanner batteries dead by b this time, didn't hear who it was, no pix

**The RUDY callsign doesn't come from the 1993 film, but rather the nickname of the patriarch of the raccoon family discovered in the old hangar VRM-30 inherited.
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3 April all flying

US NAVY

CMV-22B Osprey
VRM-50 Sun Hawks 'Scorch'
55/169458 //Scorch 55

VRM-30 Titans 'Rudy'
23/169453 //Rudy 23

Boeing Super Hornet/Growler
F-18E Blue Angel 3 //green flight suit+white helmet makes me think this was post maintenance check flight. Touch and go on 18, short initial to break and recovery on 29

F-18F VFA-122 Flying Eagles
NJ 113, NJ 125

EA-18G Growler VAQ-129 Vikings
NJ 575 // plus at least 4 Growlers flying in morning before I went to the beach

Boeing C-40 Clipper 'Convoy'
166693, 165836

Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
VAW-126
AB 602/ 168592

Civilian

N344CS Kahuna 44 DHC-6
N238PT Kahuna 38 DHC-4
N52FN Lear 36
N84FN Lear 35

// both Lears carrying TACTS + AN/ALQ-167 pods. One -167 had the name BIG DADDY and the other had MOOCH on the nose, along with a handlebar mustache
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5 April

via binoculars
6xF-16 landing on 29
In the 1st flight of 4 jets:
-at least 2 had AZ flag fin flashes, tail codes and serials painted over
-one tail marked AZ 790
In the 2d group of 2 jets:
-one had special tail, hand of playing cards with large white letters that at the time looked like IPS. Upon googling, I think it was 21 FS.

via ADSB, F-5 761556, call sign Sniper, made a missed approach and then came around to land on 29. He went around to the right, over the town, the bay and downtown San Diego. Normally on a missed approach they'll go left over the ocean. We had low clouds and rain squalls at the time, couldn't have been fun trying to land.

ADDITION

USAF Lockheed C-5
85-0010

5xF-35C // not sure of squadron, either VFA125 or maybe VMFA-314

Rudy 23, 34 and Scorch 52
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SBGrad,

Did you see my email below?

Regards

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raameagle wrote: 03 Apr 2024, 13:24 Nice log as always, thanks. Can you confirm 553 for 168772? 523 maybe?

169145 for 500 not 169195.

Regards

Mark
SBGrad wrote: 03 Apr 2024, 02:41 2 April- all flying log, everything landing on 29 except as noted*

USN VRM 30 Titans "Rudy"
Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey
34/169441 //Rudy** 34

USN VAQ-129 Vikings EA-18G NJ 5XX
507/169207
553/168772
500/169195
575/169141
503/169216

Kahuna flights to San Clemente
DHC-6 N344CS //Kahuna 34
DHC-4 N238PT //Kahuna 38

USAF Lockheed HC-130J
DM 13-5782

USN Boeing C-40 Clipper
165874

USMC Lockheed Martin F-35B
VMFA-242 Bats DT
16/169918
12/169695

VMFA-122 Flying Leathernecks DC
09/169796
122/169611 // color bird

// all 4 F-35B landed in 'STOVL mode' all inlets + fan doors open

* landing on rwy 36
Lockheed C-5 // scanner batteries dead by b this time, didn't hear who it was, no pix

**The RUDY callsign doesn't come from the 1993 film, but rather the nickname of the patriarch of the raccoon family discovered in the old hangar VRM-30 inherited.
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5 April-13 April

USAF 21st Fighter Squadron F-16A/B
AZ 93-0790 //F-16A red/black fin flash
AZ 93-0842 //F-16B
x3-0788//F-16A, no AZ on tail, no fin flash
AZ 93-0814//F-16A "21 FS" "Gamblers" fin flash "We Play to Win"
AZ 93-0843//F-16B
AZ 93-0726//F-16A

USN

FRCSW
Boeing F-18E
BA 3 /165538

VFA-122 Flying Eagles
NJ 113, 125, 145, 116, 126, 115, 166

VX-9 Vampires F-18F
XE-222 //big bat on tail

VP-69 Totems Boeing P-8A Poseidon
PJ 557/BUNO 169557 color tail

Lockheed C-130 Hercules
MN ANG 96-1005
USAF 08-5724 DYESS fin flash, AMC on tail
USMC QH 9229/BUNO 169229 //VMGR-234 special tail

Osprey mania
Rudy 20, 23, 34, 37
Scorch 52, 54, 55
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