Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Myrtle Beach Army Air Field.
Myrtle Beach Army Air Field operated here 1940-47 and grew out of city plans to expand the municipal airport from two grass landing strips to a more permanent facility. In 1940-41 the U.S. Army Air Corps trained civilian pilots for the Civil Air Service; the War Department acquired the airport in late 1941.
Observation squadrons, an aviation squadron, and a fighter squadron trained here during World War II.
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.
Deactivated in 1947, the field became a municipal airport again but was donated by the city to the U.S. Air Force as an active air base in 1954. The 354th Fighter Day Wing/Tactical Fighter Wing, based here 1956-1993, deployed squadrons in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, with major service in Lebanon, Germany, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and the Perlan Gulf.
The base closed in 1993.
Erected 2008 by the Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority and the City of Myrtle Beach. (Marker Number 26 19.)
Location. 33° 39.629′ N, 78° 55.691′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is on Farrow Parkway 0.1 miles north of South Kings Higway ( Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); LTV A-7 Corsair II (about 400 feet away); The F - 100D at MBAFB, 1956 - 1970 (about 500 feet away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 1.5 miles away); Nance Plaza (approx. 3.5 miles away); Myrtle Beach Pavilions (approx. 3.5 miles away); Myrtle Beach Colored School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Socastee Methodist Church (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • War, World II •
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