CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- The "Salute from the Shore III" military flyover is scheduled for July 4th and flying the planes are the last armed forces to leave Iraq.
Beginning in Little River at 1 p.m., F-16s of the 79th Fighter Squadron "The Flying Tigers" of the 20th Fighter Wing stationed at Shaw Air Force Base will conduct a flyover of the SC coast.
The flight will cover every beach on the SC coast before finishing south of Hilton Head Island at about 1:30 pm.
The pilots of the 'Flying Tigers' were the very last U.S. armed forces to leave Iraq. They flew air support while ground forces closed the gate on their way home.
For Salute from the Shore III, a 5th F-16 will accompany the flyover. This aircraft will have a photographer who will record the flyover from above.
Also planned is an aerial parade including vintage military aircraft that will follow the F-16s from Myrtle Beach to Folly Beach. The procession is being piloted by private aircraft owners who will host military veterans aboard their aircraft. These planes are much slower than the jets, so participants are requested to be patient while waiting for these special aircraft.
Salute from the Shore urges visitors to offer their own individual salute by wearing red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover.
The Salute from the Shore flyover can be seen at approximately the following times along the South Carolina coast:
North Myrtle Beach 1:01 PM
Surfside 1:05 PM
Pawley's Island 1:08 PM
Isle of Palms 1:18 PM
Folly Beach 1:20 PM
Edisto Island 1:25 PM
Hilton Head Island 1:29 PM