North Auxiliary Airfield
|North Auxiliary Airfield
North Army Airfield
|IATA: none – ICAO: KXNO – FAA LID: XNO|
|Owner||U.S. Air Force|
|Location||North, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||321 ft / 98 m|
|Sources: U.S. Air Force and FAA|
It is owned by the U.S. Air Force and is used primarily for C-17 Globemaster III training by the 437th Airlift Wing and its Air Force Reserve "Associate" unit, the 315th Airlift Wing, at Charleston Air Force Base. Additional "bare base" operations are also conducted by the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Air National Guard Station. Other units can utilize North with prior coordination with the 437 AW. The 437th Civil Engineering Squadron (437 CES) of the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB mainains a detachment to maintain and operate the airfield. The only permanently assigned personnel are 10 USAF firefighters and one civilian grounds keeper.
North Auxiliary Airfield covers an area of 2,400 acres (971 ha), of which 1,150 acres (465 ha) are undeveloped. It contains two asphalt paved runways: the main runway (6/24) measuring 10,000 x 150 ft (3,048 x 46 m) and an assault runway (5/23) measuring 3,500 x 90 ft (1,067 x 27 m). The primary airstrip runs parallel to U.S. Route 178 but is screened from view from the road by trees.
The land for North Army Airfield was bought between 1942 and 1945. The airfield was built by the United States Army Air Forces The original dirt runway was constructed in April 1943 and used by Hughes Aircraft Company for testing, as well as being a satellite airfield of Columbia Army Air Base, supporting B-25 Mitchell medium bomber training for Third Air Force III Air Support Command. Training was accomplished by 74th Station Complement Squadron which also maintained the facility.
After World War II, a 12,000 ft runway and a 3,000 ft assault runway were built. North Airfield (Later North Auxiliary Airfield, Northfield Air Base), has been under the jurisdiction of Fort Jackson, the former 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Shaw AFB, and the United States Department of Energy (DOE). On 1 October 1979, the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB assumed real property jurisdiction, control, and accountability over North Field.
With the transition of the 437th Airlift Wing and 512th Airlift Wing (Associate) to the C-17 Globemaster III, an air traffic control tower and permanent aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) station was constructed at North Auxiliary Airfield, establishing it as a controlled versus uncontrolled airport.
- North Auxiliary Airfield at Charleston AFB web site
- FAA Airport Master Record for XNO ( PDF), effective 2007-12-20
- North Auxiliary Airfield at Town of North web site
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