Routine exercise brings jets to Myrtle Beach skies Tuesday

Published: Sep. 23, 2013 at 5:16 PM EDT
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Source: South Carolina Air National Guard.
Source: South Carolina Air National Guard.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach residents may notice fighter jets in the sky Tuesday as part of a defense exercise being conducted by the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG).

The routine exercise will feature jets from the 169th Fighter Wing escorting a single-engine aircraft from the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

"Such exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure the rapid response capability associated with the SCANG's Aerospace Control Alert mission," SCANG representatives stated in a news release. "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."

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