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Kinston Regional Jetport , also known as Stallings Field, is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of Kinstonmarker, a city in Lenoir Countymarker, North Carolinamarker, USAmarker. The airport has a single runway that is one of the longest in the southeastern United States. It is mostly used for general aviation. The airport is used by charters for college teams traveling to and from East Carolina Universitymarker in nearby Greenville for athletic events due to Greenville's short runways.

The Kinston Regional Jetport features free parking as well as free wireless Internet access in its terminal. The Jetport's terminal also houses several businesses, including Philbros Gift and Coffee Shop as well as Robert Franchise Transportation, a commercial transportation service. Rental car agencies are located in the terminal.

One of the central features of the Kinston Regional Jetport is the Global TransPark (GTP), an industrial park adjoining the airport. It was built to bring high-tech industry and economic development to eastern North Carolina.

Spirit AeroSystems will be manufacturing parts of the new Airbus A350 at its new Kinston facility at GTP.

Charter Airlines



Cargo

  • FedEx Express (Greensboro)
  • Ram Air Freight (Charlotte, Concord, Jacksonville (NC), Raleigh-Durham, Rocky Mount-Wilson)


History

Kinston Jetport originally was built in 1944 by the United States Navy. It opened in October as a United States Marine Corps flying training airfield known as Kinston Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield, being an axillary to Cherry Point Marine Corps Airfieldmarker. Cadets received V-5 flight training along with basic flying indoctrination at the airfield until the facility was closed on 31 October 1945.

As a result of the Cold War and the expansion of the United States Air Force, Kinston Air Base* was reopened on 17 October 1950 by the USAF Air Training Command, as a contract flying training school. In May 1952, Air Training Command renamed Kinston Airfield as Stallings Air Base in memory of Kinston natives Lt Bruce Stallings, a P-51 Mustang pilot killed in March 1945, and his brother, Lt Harry Stallings, a B-29 Superfortress navigator killed in April 1945.

In April 1957, ATC proposed that the contract training at Stallings be closed. The recommendation was approved in September and on 1 October flying training ended at Stallings. The base was formally inactivated on 27 November 1957.

Piedmont Airlines provided service from Kinston (ISO) to various destinations in NC,VA,DC from the early fifties until 1995. Aircraft varied from the DC-3,Martin 404 and YS-11. Jet service featured the Boeing 727-100, Boeing 737-200 and finally the Fokker 100. The present air terminal opened in July 1978.

Incidents and accidents

On November 14, 1970, Southern Airways Flight 932marker crashed while carrying the Marshall Universitymarker football team that had departed from the airport after a game against ECU.The 2006 movie We Are Marshall focuses on the aftermath of that crash.

References

  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942-2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
  • Kinston Regional Jetport (official site)


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