Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base



Marker ID: SCHM 26-19
Location:
County: Horry
Coordinates:   
Style: Free Standing **
 



Text:

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 Persian Gulf. The base closed in 1993.

Erected by the Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority
and the City of Myrtle Beach, 2008



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More Information:
Wikipedia - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Wikipedia - South Carolina World War II Army Airfields
Wall of Service at Warbird Park