Beach-goers 'Salute From the Shore' as fly-over honors armed forces
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The "Salute from the Shore III" military flyover roared through the sky July 4th, and flying the planes were the last armed forces to leave Iraq.The flight path began in Little River at 1 p.m. F-16s of the 79th Fighter Squadron "The Flying Tigers" of the 20th Fighter Wing stationed at Shaw Air Force Base conducted a flyover of the SC coast. The flight covered every beach on the SC coast before finishing south of Hilton Head Island around 1:30 pm. The pilots of the Flying Tigers were the very last U.S. armed forces to leave Iraq. They flew air support while ground forces closed the gate on their way home. For Salute from the Shore III, a 5th F-16 accompanied the flyover. That aircraft had a photographer who recorded the flyover from above. Also following was an aerial parade including vintage military aircraft that flew from Myrtle Beach to Folly Beach. The procession was piloted by private aircraft owners who hosted military veterans aboard their aircraft.