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Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base

 
 
Myrtle Beach Army Air Field - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 15, 2009
1. Myrtle Beach Army Air Field - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Marker
Inscription.  
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.)
 
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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 (U.S. 17). 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. Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing (a few steps from this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (a few steps from this marker); 354th Tactical Fighter Wing A-7D (a few steps from this marker); 354th Fighter Group World War II History (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base 1980 - 1990 (a few steps from this marker); Splinter City (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named 354th Fighter Group World War II History (a few steps from this marker); Activation of the 354th Fighter Day Wing (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
 
Myrtle Beach Army Air Field - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 15, 2009
2. Myrtle Beach Army Air Field - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Marker
Myrtle Beach Army Air Field - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 15, 2009
3. Myrtle Beach Army Air Field - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,978 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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