- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. (AP) - F-16 jets with the South Carolina Air National Guard are taking part in an air defense exercise near Myrtle Beach.

Senior Master Sgt. Ed Snyder says the jets may be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft from the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol.

The exercise is slated for Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Snyder says the exercise has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and most of the flying activity won’t be visible from the ground.

The F-16s are based at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Eastover. The exercise is needed to help members of the 169th Fighter Wing maintain their ability to perform their air control alert mission and respond to potential airborne threats to the nation.

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