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April 9, 2014

Myrtle Beach Airport plaque may be on display in North Myrtle Beach Museum, but permanently?

The 85-pound plaque commemorating those who made the Myrtle Beach Jetport a reality in 1977 has been found and the North Myrtle Beach Area Historic Museum wants approval to put it on display.

The 85-pound plaque commemorating those who made the Myrtle Beach Jetport a reality in 1977 has been found and the North Myrtle Beach Area Historic Museum wants approval to put it on display.

However, some members of the Horry County Airport Advisory Committee want to make sure that someday the plaque can make its way back to the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Jenean Todd, director at the museum, met with the advisory committee Wednesday and expressed interest in the plaque now that airport officials dug it up from a storage area. The plaque lists Horry County Airport Commission members, the architect and the contractor for the Myrtle Beach Jetport, which was the original name of the Myrtle Beach International Airport until 1989.

Todd said the plaque would go well with the aviation display the museum currently has showcasing Katharine Wright, sister of the famous Wright Brothers.

When Pat Apone, director of the county’s department of airports, suggested the plaque be on “permanent loan” to the museum, Jon Bourne, advisory committee member, said he wanted to make sure the airport would have a chance to get it back.

“I don’t think it will mean forever,” Apone said, adding the plaque, until recently, was in storage and not on display.

Bourne said he would like to see it as part of the current terminal, which just celebrated its first year in operation.

“In the future, I think we should think about putting it on permanent display,” Bourne said. “Usually those plaques are part of a cornerstone, indicating the history of the building.”

The issue has to go to the county’s administration committee before the plaque can be loaned to the museum. It was unknown Wednesday when the next administration committee meeting was scheduled. Chuck Martino, chairman of the advisory committee, said a good resolution, when the time comes, is to allow the museum to display it at the airport.

“Maybe at some point, when you grow out of your space, maybe the museum could ask for a kiosk area for permanent museum display here at the airport,” Martino said. “That way, you could let our million and a half tourists know about the museum in North Myrtle Beach.”

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