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August 6, 2014

Air National Guard jet training set for today over Myrtle Beach area

Members of the S.C. Air National Guard are planning to conduct an air defense exercise over the Myrtle Beach area between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

Members of the S.C. Air National Guard are planning to conduct an air defense exercise over the Myrtle Beach area between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

But don’t expect to see an air show overhead, officials said.

Most of the training, which is a routine exercise involving fighter jets assigned to the SCANG’s 169th Fighter Wing, will not be visible from the ground, according to the release.

Though, jets could be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft belonging to the S.C. Civil Air Patrol during that time, officials said.

The exercise has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the rapid response capability associated with the SCANG’s Aerospace Control Alert mission. The McEntire unit is a critical component of the strategic force that is poised 24/7 to respond to airborne threats over the United States and is part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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