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At least 15 C-17 transport airplanes from Joint Base Charleston will conduct a training flight over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the Statehouse in Columbia on Tuesday. File/Staff

A training mission involving at least 15 C-17 cargo jets will take off from Joint Base Charleston on Tuesday and travel on a low-level formation over Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

The flight will take off at 12:25 p.m. and reach the Ravenel Bridge at 12:43 p.m.

It will then head for training airdrops over North Field, near Orangeburg, before doing a flyover of the Statehouse in Columbia at 1:30 p.m.

The mission will return to Charleston at 2:15 p.m.

The flight, which is among the training missions routinely conducted by the base, is popular with photographers and area residents watching from the ground.

The aircraft are from the 437th and 315th airlift wings. Some of the planes will continue on to Fort Polk, La., to continue the exercise with air drops there.

Base spokesman Marvin Krause said as many as 20 C-17s may be involved, depending on last-minute needs. 

Over Columbia, two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 169th Fighter Wing of the S.C. Air National Guard from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, will join the flight over the Statehouse.

Members of the public are encouraged to post their photos on social media of the flyover and use the hashtag #SCAirpower!

The exercise has been coordinated with the Charleston County Aviation Authority and should not delay regularly scheduled flights at Charleston International Airport, the base said.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 843-937-5551. Follow him on Twitter at @skropf47.

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Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.