National Guard air exercise scheduled for Wednesday morning over Grand Strand

Residents and visitors in the Myrtle Beach area may see the South Carolina Air National Guard flying an air defense exercise Wednesday morning.

Senior Master Sgt. Ed Snyder says Wednesday's flights are taking place between 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Jets assigned to the Guard's 169th Fighter Wing may be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft from the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol.

Snyder says the exercise is coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and there is no reason to be alarmed. He said most of the flying activity will not be visible from the ground.

The exercise maintains the Guard's capabilities to respond to potential airborne threats over the United States, Snyder said.

The 169th Fighter Wing is part of the North American Defense Command's warning network set up after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.