Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Cold War Era 1956 - 1958
After its re-activation at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in 1956, the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing achieved "combat ready" status on July 1, 1958. During the next eight years, in addition to maintaining tactical fighter squadrons on rotational duty in Europe, units of the 354th took part in the Lebanon Crisis, the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Dominican Republic Crisis, any of which could have led to an East-West War.
In the 1950s, the Composite Air Strike Force (CASF) was developed to augment tactical air needs in any overseas theater. The CASF was a mobile rapid-development strike force of fighter-bomber aircraft with both conventional and nuclear strike capability, as well as tanker, transport and reconnaissance aircraft assets.
On July 15, 1958, a CASF Bravo top secret mission code named Double Trouble was deployed from Myrtle Beach to Adana, Turkey, in support of the Lebanon Crisis, an imminent coup d'etat. This mission was the first operational day/night transatlantic air refueling mission by fighters. It set a world time-distance record for an operational flight under non-simulated conditions.
B-29s, and later B-50s, were retrofitted so that they could be used as aerial tankers. Refueling hoses fitted with a drogue, a basket-like device about two feet in diameter, could be unreeled from the tanker. The pilot in the fighter then connected a probe to the drogue. Above, a KB-50J refuels three F-100 Super Sabres.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Cold.
Location. 33° 40.047′ N, 78° 56.416′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Memorial is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and Hackler Street when traveling north on Farrow Parkway. Located in Market Common Valor Memorial Garden. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cold War - Dominican Republic (a few steps from this marker); The Berlin Crisis 1961 (a few steps from this marker); The Cuban Missile Crisis (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. Fred Nash (within shouting distance of this marker); Desert Storm (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke (within shouting Valor in Combat (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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