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Friday, June 22, 2012

This is a great way to support our Vets

Volunteer Pilots Needed!!!

Mission:  To Salute, honor and pay tribute to America’s military men and women, including our veterans on the 4th of July.

Background:  Salute from the Shore is a very accessible opportunity for South Carolina beachgoers to honor and pay tribute to our armed forces on Independence Day, the most important patriotic day of the year for all Americans.  Organized in 2010, the Salute features a flyby of four F-16s from Shaw Air Force base down the entire coastline of South Carolina.  Beach-goers dress in red, white and blue, create patriotic displays visible from the air and wave their American flags as the jets fly at low altitude overhead.  On July 4th of 2012, four F-16s from the 79th Fighter Squadron, “The Flying Tigers”, from Shaw Air Force base will fly the mission from north to south beginning at 1:00 pm on the North Carolina/South Carolina border.  “The Flying Tigers” were the last Americans to leave Iraq and are proud to be flying this mission!

Scenes along the SC coast are filmed on shore and by aerial photographers.  Additionally, men, women and children have an opportunity to offer their own personal tributes which are recorded by professional videographers on the beaches.  All of the scenes are compiled and distributed through various internet sources, the Salute from the Shore website ( and via DVD to military personnel around the globe as a way of showing them South Carolinians’ appreciation for their courageous service to our country.

We are told by the Air Force that Salute from the Shore is likely the largest flyby in the history of America as it is witnessed by an estimated one million people on the beaches of South Carolina.

New Initiative:  The organizers of Salute from the Shore want to take the Salute to new heights in 2012 by specifically acknowledging the selfless contributions of America’s veterans.  In addition to a comprehensive public relations campaign highlighting the veterans, it is our goal to fly numerous vets down the beach, preceding or immediately following the F16s, to give these representatives of our military an opportunity to have a birds’ eye view of the patriotic spectacle on the beaches and witness first-hand this tribute to them and their peers.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  To accomplish the flyby of veterans, Salute from the Shore needs many, many volunteer pilots to fly a patriotic mission on July 4th.  The concept includes a parade of private airplanes filled with veterans who most likely will be selected from those who have participated in the Honor Flights to Washington, DC.

If you want more information or you are inclined to volunteer your aircraft, your fuel and your time to participate in the flyby, please contact John Folsom at your earliest convenience.

Salute from the Shore can always use additional volunteers to provide aerial photography.  Helicopter pilots, professional or highly qualified amateur photographers are essential to producing high quality video to share with our military men and women.

John W. Folsom

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