Florence Regional Airport
|Florence Regional Airport
(former Florence Army Airfield)
|Owner||Pee Dee Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Florence, South Carolina|
|Location||Florence County, near Florence, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||146 ft / 45 m|
In 2006 the airport had 31,242 aircraft operations, average 85 per day: 77% general aviation, 16% air taxi and 7% military. 52 aircraft were then based at the airport: 73% single-engine, 25% multi-engine and 23% jet.
Airlines and destinations
|1||Charlotte, North Carolina||44,000|
The airport began with the purchase of 300 acres (120 ha) in 1928. During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces' Third Air Force used the airport as a training base and added 1,400 acres (570 ha). Known as Florence Army Airfield, the 52d Pursuit Group was assigned to the airfield on 18 February 1942 and trained with P-39 Airacobra and P-40 Warhawks until departing on 27 April for Wilmington, North Carolina.
A succession of Troop Carrier groups trained at Florence during 1943 those being the 63d, 65th, 313th and 315th prior to their deployment to Europe and North Africa. Afterwards, the airfield became a combat crew replacement training school for A-20 Havoc light bomber crews, with the 411th Bombardment Group being the Operational Training Unit at Florence AAF from 15 August 1943 until 1 May 1944.
After the 344th was inactivated, the replacement training was taken over by the 334th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Replacement Training Unit, Light Bombardment). Support units at Florence AAF were the 407th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 10th Aviation Squadron; 958th Guard Squadron; 341st Sub-Depot; HQ, 411th Bombardment Group (Light).
Florence AAF controlled two auxiliary training bases for its A-20 Training.
After the war, the property was given back to the City of Florence on 31 October 1945 and later shared with Florence County.
Operation of the airport was assigned to the Pee Dee Regional Airport Authority in 1999. The authority had nine representatives from the Pee Dee Regional Airport District, which includes the City of Florence, and the counties of Florence, Dillon and Marion.
Florence Air & Missile Museum
From the 1960s until 1997 Florence was home to a large aviation museum, the Florence Air & Missile Museum. When it closed, the collection was divided and transferred to other aviation museums in the United States.
- Florence Regional Airport, official site
- (PDF), effective September 14, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for FLO, effective September 14, 2017
- Resources for this airport: