Marlboro County Jetport
|Marlboro County Jetport
H.E. Avent Field
2006 USGS airphoto
|IATA: BTN – ICAO: KBBP – FAA LID: BBP|
|Serves||Bennettsville, South Carolina|
|Location||Marlboro County, near Bennettsville, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||147 ft / 45 m|
Marlboro County Jetport (IATA: BTN, ICAO: KBBP, FAA LID: BBP), also known as H.E. Avent Field, is a county-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) west of the central business district of Bennettsville, in Marlboro County, South Carolina, United States.
Facilities and aircraft
Marlboro County Jetport covers an area of 175 acres (71 ha) at an elevation of 147 feet (45 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 7/25 with a 5,000 by 75 ft (1,524 x 23 m) asphalt pavement. For the 12-month period ending May 16, 2008, the airport had 3,760 aircraft operations, an average of 10 per day: 98% general aviation and 2% air taxi. At that time there were 13 aircraft based at this airport, all single-engine.
Opened on 8 October 1941. Known as Bennettsville Airport and Palmer Field. Began training United States Army Air Corps flying cadets under contract to Georgia Air Service, Inc & Southeastern Air Service, Inc., under 53d Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment (later 2152d Army Air Force Base Unit). Assigned to United States Army Air Forces East Coast Training Center (later Eastern Flying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Had a 4,700' irregular all-direction turf field for landings and takeoffs. May have had four auxiliary airfields, although none have been identified. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans assigned.
Inactivated on 16 October 1944 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. Declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- 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
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BBP, effective March 5, 2015
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