Shaw conducts night flying exercise

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Sumter residents may notice an increase in aircraft noise during nighttime hours, due to a flying training exercise here scheduled to take place the week of Feb. 13-17, 2023.

F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing, based out of Shaw, will conduct nighttime flying training in military operating areas across the southeastern portion of the East Coast. This training exercise prepares combat aircrew for current and future combat operations in highly realistic scenarios as part of the South Carolina Electronic Warfare Range (SCEWR) initiative.

The SCEWR initiative brings together the flying community, the civil engineer squadron, operations support personnel, and weapons and tactics specialists to create the best possible training environment to produce combat-ready pilots to execute the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) mission.

The 20th Fighter Wing is the world’s premiere and largest SEAD wing. Our mission is to project airpower, develop Airmen and support Team Shaw.

Please direct any questions to the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at or by calling 803-895-2019.