Last year, the Salute featured a C-17 cargo jet from Charleston Air Force Base. It flew the length of the coast as beachgoers waved flags. The scene was filmed from a chase plane and shown to troops serving overseas.
This year, the organizers got the 77th Fighter Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter to conduct the flyover. While the F-16s will be more dramatic, the event will be shorter. The jets are scheduled to fly the length of the state's coast in 20 minutes.
"They'll go as slow as they can, but that ain't very slow," Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis said.