Fighter jet exercise over Berkeley and Charleston counties this afternoon

SC Air National Guard (file photo)

The S.C. Air National Guard will conduct air defense exercises over Charleston County and the Berkeley County Airport this afternoon.

As part of the exercise, F-16 fighter jets assigned to the SCANG’s 169th Fighter Wing might be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft belonging to the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol between 3:30-5 p.m., a news release said.

The exercise has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and tests the fast response capability of SCANG’s aerospace alert mission. Most of the flying activity will not be visible from the ground.

The mission is based out of McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Sumter. It is part of the round-the-clock mission of response to airborne threats that became part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s “Operation Noble Eagle” that was initiated after the 9/11 terror attacks.