Military fighter jets will be training Wednesday in the skies near the Myrtle Beach International Airport, according to a news release.
The training exercise is set to begin at 10 a.m. and continue until about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release from Edward E. Snyder, the public affairs superintendent with the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover.
As part of this routine exercise, fighter jets assigned to the SCANG’s 169th Fighter Wing might be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft belonging to the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol, Synder 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, Synder said. Most of the flying activity will not be visible from the ground.
The McEntire unit is a component of the strategic force that is ready 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.