Behind Myrtle Beach International Airport lies an old Air Force base that has been repurposed into a small park and memorial. And if you’re at all interested in planes, military history, or the history of Myrtle Beach, it’s a must-see on any trip to the beach.
Available to view here are three former Air Force planes: an A-7D Corsair, an A-10 Warthog, and an F-100 Super Sabre. All three are on “static display”, meaning you unfortunately can’t watch them get airborne, but you can walk around them in all their glory, admiring every wing and panel from close proximity. All three were fighter aircraft used by the Air Force when it had a base here, which closed in 1993. The park also includes a Wall of Service, which lists the names of military and civilian personnel who were stationed at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base until it closed in 1993.
While you can’t watch these jets in action, Warbird park is an excellent place to watch commercial planes take off at the nearby airport once you’ve snapped a few photos of the Warthog (a type of jet flown since 1976) and the Super Sabre (designed in the 1940s). While the park is small, it offers some shade in the form of trees, as well as picnic tables where you can enjoy lunch as you catch a few landings. There are also some walking paths leading from the park.
Know Before You Go
The park is free to enter, open all day, and wheelchair accessible, though it doesn’t offer public restrooms. It’s a quick walk to the Myrtle Beach state park, and a quick drive to The Market Common, where you’ll find plenty of places to grab a meal.