July Fourth ‘Salute from the Shore’ of military aircraft flying again this year (copy)

The annual "Salute from the Shore" flight of military aircraft along the length of the South Carolina coast is Tuesday. File

The eighth annual July Fourth "Salute from the Shore" flight of military aircraft will take place Tuesday, traveling the length of the South Carolina coast from north to south.

The parade of current and vintage military planes begins at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove, near the North Carolina border, and finishes near Hilton Head Island around 1:30 p.m.

Among the aircraft are F-16 jets from Shaw Air Force Base and a C-17 from Joint Base Charleston.

The lead flight will be over the Isle of Palms by 1:15 p.m.; Charleston Harbor by 1:16 p.m.; and Folly Beach by 1:20 p.m.

If conditions permit, the vintage aircraft will follow, but they are much slower and more affected by headwinds. 

"This year's theme is about tradition, and it's become a South Carolina tradition," said group board President Andy Folsom. "People expect to see it."

Viewers on boats and the beaches are encouraged to share video and pictures. Tag your Salute images and videos with #SalutefromtheShore.

For more information, go to salutefromtheshore.org.

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Political Editor

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.