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Former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Hospital - Rooftop View of Base | Roadside
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Published: 2016/10/28
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Old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Published: 2017/03/04
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MB Air Force
MB Air Force
Published: 2013/04/01
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Abandoned Air Force Base Building in Myrtle Beach | Abandoned
Abandoned Air Force Base Building in Myrtle Beach | Abandoned
Published: 2016/10/21
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HQ WPDE 1991 A-10's RETURN COVERAGE
Published: 2010/03/08
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MYRTLE BEACH AIR FORCE BASE , WAR BIRD PARK !!!
MYRTLE BEACH AIR FORCE BASE , WAR BIRD PARK !!!
Published: 2012/09/30
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Abandoned Air Force Base: Emory Rd Boundary, Myrtle Beach AFB
Abandoned Air Force Base: Emory Rd Boundary, Myrtle Beach AFB
Published: 2013/08/31
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Myrtle Beach International Airport - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach International Airport - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Published: 2015/04/16
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Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Part One
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Part One
Published: 2010/04/05
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Former Myrtle Beach Airforce Base
Former Myrtle Beach Airforce Base
Published: 2009/07/12
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My A-10 - 79-0173 in 1988 at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
My A-10 - 79-0173 in 1988 at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Published: 2017/01/09
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Welcome to Myrtle Beach South Carolina
Welcome to Myrtle Beach South Carolina
Published: 2017/07/30
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Myrtle Beach Air Force Base - Warbird Park | Roadside
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base - Warbird Park | Roadside
Published: 2016/09/28
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Shirt spitting, traffic craziness and the future
Shirt spitting, traffic craziness and the future
Published: 2013/08/11
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A Storied Journey 14
A Storied Journey 14
Published: 2011/06/14
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20 year later: Residents remember the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
20 year later: Residents remember the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Published: 2013/04/01
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Myrtle Beach Air force Base project
Myrtle Beach Air force Base project
Published: 2014/12/13
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Beach Vlog: Abandoned Air Force Base?
Beach Vlog: Abandoned Air Force Base?
Published: 2012/12/22
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Air Force Base Reunion
Air Force Base Reunion
Published: 2013/04/06
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WPDE MB Base Closing Coverage 1992
WPDE MB Base Closing Coverage 1992
Published: 2009/01/12
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Abandoned Air Force Base building
Abandoned Air Force Base building
Published: 2013/02/10
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flybye.MP4
flybye.MP4
Published: 2011/02/18
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Wall of Service - for old Myrtle Beach, SC AFB
Wall of Service - for old Myrtle Beach, SC AFB
Published: 2016/12/13
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Quadcopter flying around Myrtle Beach area
Quadcopter flying around Myrtle Beach area
Published: 2015/01/21
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Corinne Playing at the Old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Corinne Playing at the Old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Published: 2011/04/15
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Echoes of an Air Force Base
Echoes of an Air Force Base
Published: 2013/12/02
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"Salute from the Shore"
"Salute from the Shore"
Published: 2010/07/05
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Truro, Cape Cod Air Force Base (now decommissioned)
Truro, Cape Cod Air Force Base (now decommissioned)
Published: 2016/12/09
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C-130s and A-10s at Red Flag .wmv
C-130s and A-10s at Red Flag .wmv
Published: 2011/12/09
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The Market Common, Myrtle Beach
The Market Common, Myrtle Beach
Published: 2013/10/02
Channel: Garden City Realty _Team Gully
Salute From The Shore
Salute From The Shore
Published: 2011/07/08
Channel: larrybloomer
MYR air Show pt1
MYR air Show pt1
Published: 2012/06/27
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Airforce Drill Team Myrtle Beach SC
Airforce Drill Team Myrtle Beach SC
Published: 2011/09/26
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United States Air Force Thunderbirds to headline Myrtle Beach air show
United States Air Force Thunderbirds to headline Myrtle Beach air show
Published: 2013/02/13
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Warbird Park in Myrtle Beach summer 2009
Warbird Park in Myrtle Beach summer 2009
Published: 2009/07/20
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Myrtle Beach Thunderbirds Air Show 1994
Myrtle Beach Thunderbirds Air Show 1994
Published: 2013/03/25
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Out and about Myrtle Beach
Out and about Myrtle Beach
Published: 2012/03/13
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MYR Air Show pt2
MYR Air Show pt2
Published: 2012/06/27
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Seagate Village in Myrtle Beach
Seagate Village in Myrtle Beach
Published: 2016/11/04
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Touring Warbird Park | Myrtle Beach Air Force & Military Memorial
Touring Warbird Park | Myrtle Beach Air Force & Military Memorial
Published: 2017/02/21
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Abandoned Koi Farm - Myrtle Beach | Abandoned
Abandoned Koi Farm - Myrtle Beach | Abandoned
Published: 2016/12/29
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Myrtle beach base hit
Myrtle beach base hit
Published: 2014/05/20
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Withers Preserve
Withers Preserve
Published: 2006/07/03
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The Complete Market Common to Socastee HS Ride ♪♫
The Complete Market Common to Socastee HS Ride ♪♫
Published: 2016/12/20
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Myrtle Beach FFCC Worlds 2010 - Team Wright Patterson AFB
Myrtle Beach FFCC Worlds 2010 - Team Wright Patterson AFB
Published: 2010/11/11
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WPDE A-10
WPDE A-10's Return 1991
Published: 2009/01/12
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Myrtle Beach Dedicates Norton General Aviation Terminal
Myrtle Beach Dedicates Norton General Aviation Terminal
Published: 2010/05/28
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US 17/SC 707 Interchange
US 17/SC 707 Interchange
Published: 2012/05/29
Channel: HorryCountySC
Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield at King Fahd Airport going home; part 2 of 3
Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield at King Fahd Airport going home; part 2 of 3
Published: 2013/04/06
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Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in United States
Coordinates 33°40′47″N 78°55′42″W / 33.67972°N 78.92833°W / 33.67972; -78.92833
Site history
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Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was a United States Air Force base located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Early history[edit]

On October 16, 1939, Myrtle Beach Town Council resolved that the community "is in dire need of a modern municipal airport".[1] The town agreed to purchase 135 acres for $35 per acre from Myrtle Beach Farms, Inc., and two weeks later the airport was named Harrelson Municipal Airport after Mayor W.L. Harrelson, a supporter of the project.[1] The Army Air Corps took over the airport in June 1940. For a short time it was used by 3d Observation Sq. 105th Observation Sq and 112th Observation Sq used the site during the next year. In September 1941 it was Distribution Point 1, Morris Field. On 21 November 1941, the United States Department of War acquired the site, and during World War II the formal establishment of a base took place on 24 March 1942, with the name Myrtle Beach General Bombing and Gunnery Range, with the units 3d AAF and later 519th Base HQ and Air Base Sq. On 8 November 1943, the 5000-acre base became Myrtle Beach Army Air Field. Units included 351st AAF, 136th AAF, and 317th AAF (later AF) Air Base Unit. After the war, uses of the base included recruiting and support activities. 114 buildings had gone up. The site was deactivated and returned to the city and became Myrtle Beach Municipal Airport 1 November 1947.[2][3][4]

The city leased part of the base, and Aerovox, Piedmont Airlines and a turkey farm also used land on the base. The Boston Braves trained there.[4]

Air Force[edit]

The city donated its airport[3] and the United States Air Force took over 1 June 1954, and Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was activated 1 April 1956.[2] Many of the older buildings were torn down as the base modernized. The first unit in 1955 was the 727th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. Other units were the 4434th Air Base Squadron (replaced by the 342nd Fighter-Day Wing), the 455th Fighter Day Group, and the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, Det 1, 728th Tactical Control Squadron.[4] From 1958 to 1993 the base was home to the 354th Fighter Day Wing/Tactical Fighter Wing.[3] An agreement to use the base jointly for civilian and military operation began 19 July 1975, with Horry County Jetport using the northeast part of the base. The city of Myrtle Beach annexed the base 20 April 1977.[2][4]

Closing[edit]

In 1991, the announcement came that Myrtle Beach Air Force Base would close.

The Myrtle Beach base used the A-10 Warthog jet, and Pat McCullough of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission said the Air Force considered the jet “limited to a low-threat environment”, while the Army believed it was "a very powerful close-air support asset." The Air Force chose to phase out the A-10, which led to the base's closing, but the Army wanted the A-10 to continue flying; the decision to keep the A-10 came after the decision had been made.[5]

The base closed 31 March 1993.[6]

Redevelopment[edit]

The bases's closing was expected to mean losing over 5000 jobs, having 1500 homes to sell, 15 percent fewer students going to area schools, 20 percent unemployment, and $91 million lost in taxes and other revenues.[6]

McCullough believed the earlier closing gave the base the best opportunity for reuse than would have been possible had the closing occurred later, during a recession.[5]

Retired Air Force colonel Buddy Styers headed the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority starting in August 1995.[6]

For the first several years, the Myrtle Beach area received little help from the economic development conveyance program intended to help communities struggling after bases closed. Myrtle Beach was viewed as a prosperous tourist area. A Wall Street Journal article and a new vision for tourism-related development from Burroughs & Chapin helped the area replace the jobs lost. With the state providing revenue from alcohol taxes, and later a portion of taxes paid by federal employees at bases in the state, the authority made progress toward redevelopment of the base. Later, the federal government changed the rules for helping communities affected by base closings, and Myrtle Beach received what was needed. The state legislature also made it possible to issue $41 million in bonds using the base land as a tax increment financing district.[6]

20 years after the closing, the 3937 acres that were once the base included more than 1200 homes, several parks and sports facilities, an American Red Cross headquarters, a Veterans Affairs clinic, International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP), new terminals at Myrtle Beach International Airport,[6] and The Market Common Myrtle Beach, a retail complex. The Whispering Pines golf course went to the city of Myrtle Beach. AVX Corporation received land next to its existing plant for a research and development facility. Horry-Georgetown Technical College built a new campus.[5] Crabtree Gymnasium includes a military museum.[6] Warbird Park includes a Wall of Service on which anyone who served honorably from 1941 to 1993 could receive a granite nameplate.[3]

20 years after the base closed, Styers no longer had a full-time job, but he still worked to spend $200,000 a year in federal grant money on improvements to the airport. A ramp and taxiway were being added at ITAP.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Did you know...???". City of Myrtle Beach. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 435–438. ISBN 0-912799-53-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Wall of Service at Warbird Park". City of Myrtle Beach. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Community Relations Plan" (PDF). United States Air Force. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Wren, David (April 7, 2013). "Debate over A-10 Warthog’s future doomed Myrtle Beach Air Force Base". The State. The Sun News. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Wren, David (March 31, 2013). "Once feared, redevelopment of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base has been resounding success". The Sun News. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 

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