Kinston Regional Jetport

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Kinston Regional Jetport
Stallings Field
Kinston Regional Jetport - North Carolina.jpg
IATA: ISOICAO: KISOFAA LID: ISO
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner North Carolina Global TransPark Authority
Serves Kinston, Goldsboro, Ayden, Grifton, and Eastern NC communities
Location Kinston, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 94 ft / 28.7 m
Coordinates 35°19′53″N 77°36′32″W / 35.33139°N 77.60889°W / 35.33139; -77.60889Coordinates: 35°19′53″N 77°36′32″W / 35.33139°N 77.60889°W / 35.33139; -77.60889
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 11,500 3,505 Asphalt

Kinston Regional Jetport (IATA: ISOICAO: KISOFAA LID: ISO), also known as Stallings Field, is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Kinston, a city in Lenoir County, North Carolina, USA. The airport has a single runway that is one of the longest in the southeastern United States.[citation needed] It is mostly used for general aviation. The airport is used by charters for college teams traveling to and from East Carolina University 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 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.

History[edit]

Main article: Kinston Air Base

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 Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield Kinston, being an auxiliary to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Naval Aviation 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 with T-34 Mentor, T-6 Texan and T-28 Trojan aircraft. In May 1952, the Air Force 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 program at Stallings AB 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. [3] [4]

Former passenger service[edit]

Piedmont Airlines provided service from Kinston (ISO) to various destinations in North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia from the early 1950s until 1995. Aircraft varied from the Douglas DC-3, to the Martin 4-0-4 and the NAMC YS-11. Jet service featured the Boeing 727-100, Boeing 737-200 and finally the Fokker F28 Fellowship. The present air terminal opened in July 1978.

Delta Air Lines briefly served Kinston in the 2000s, as did Allegiant Air.

Charter service[edit]

Charter airline
Allegiant Air
Sun Country Airlines

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Greensboro, Manteo/Dare County
Ram Air Freight Charlotte, Concord (NC), Jacksonville (NC), Raleigh-Durham, Rocky Mount-Wilson

Marshall University football team crash[edit]

On November 14, 1970, Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed while carrying the Marshall University 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[edit]

  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for ISO (Form 5010 PDF)
  2. ^ Kinston Regional Jetport, official site
  3. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  4. ^ 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

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