AWAC & Blackhawk at SBA

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Does anyone know why Blackhawk helicopters and AWAC's are landing at the Santa Barbara Airport? I keep seeing these aircraft landing every few days.

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a-1508365442 Oct 13, 2017 11:22 PM
AWAC & Blackhawk at SBA

Ah, UAP. The new acronym used by crazy buffoons in need of tinfoil as a replacement for UFO, hoping it will take longer for others to realize they're nuts.

a-1508365442 Oct 13, 2017 09:57 PM
AWAC & Blackhawk at SBA

Right, like every time it's training. We'd like to know when they're chasing UAP

Luvaduck Oct 13, 2017 08:58 AM
AWAC & Blackhawk at SBA

A neutral question is just a question. Unless the questioner is a a well-known intimate, determining motive often implies a slur so it's best left alone. Searching for ulterior motives wastes time & energy. Who knows what some stranger is thinking?

macpuzl Oct 12, 2017 02:22 PM
AWAC & Blackhawk at SBA

AWACS are USAF four-engined jets. What you are seeing are E-2D Hawkeye aircraft, the US Navy airborne warning and control equivalent. And more common than the Army Blackhawks are a couple of variants of USN SH-60 Seahawks.

John Wiley Oct 12, 2017 01:29 PM
AWAC & Blackhawk at SBA

OP, are you curious or perhaps concerned or upset about the flights? Is it more that you enjoy seeing the crews' skill and mission preparedness? In terms of your "why" question, flights like you describe have been common here and elsewhere for many years and seem to happen in clusters of activity that are apparently related to exercises, practice missions, and stopovers on longer flights. Military flight crews train at SoCA bases including Naval Air Station Point Mugu and Camp Roberts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Roberts,_California). To expand their training and add experience with different airports and procedures, they sometimes make a few practice approaches and/or landings here at SBA. As noted in the comment by "Z" here, the crews also sometimes stop for a break including meals and sometimes fuel during a flight from one base to another (e.g. from say Miramar in San Diego to Roberts or some other base to our North).

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