Michael J. Smith Field

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Michael J. Smith Field
Airport type Public
Owner Beaufort-Morehead City Airport Authority
Serves Beaufort, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 11 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 34°44′01″N 076°39′38″W / 34.73361°N 76.66056°W / 34.73361; -76.66056Coordinates: 34°44′01″N 076°39′38″W / 34.73361°N 76.66056°W / 34.73361; -76.66056
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 4,191 1,277 Asphalt
8/26 4,249 1,295 Asphalt
14/32 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 43,800
Based aircraft 75

Michael J. Smith Field (ICAO: KMRHFAA LID: MRH) is a public airport located one mile (2 km) north of the central business district of Beaufort and northeast of Morehead City, in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. It is owned by the Beaufort-Morehead City Airport Authority.[1]

The airport is named in memory of astronaut Michael J. Smith, a native of Beaufort who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.[2] It was formerly known as Beaufort-Morehead City Airport.[3]

Although most U.S. airports are assigned the same three-letter location identifier by the FAA and IATA, Michael J. Smith Field is assigned MRH by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA[4] (which assigned MRH to May River Airport in Papua New Guinea).[5][6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Michael J. Smith Field covers an area of 400 acres (160 ha) which contains three asphalt paved runways: 3/21 measuring 4,191 x 150 ft. (1,277 x 46 m), 8/26 at 4,249 x 100 ft. (1,295 x 30 m), and 14/32 at 4,000 x 100 ft. (1,219 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending September 7, 2006, the airport had 43,800 aircraft operations, an average of 120 per day: 85% general aviation, 9% air taxi and 6% military. At that time there were 75 aircraft based at this airport: 93% single-engine and 7% multi-engine.[1]


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