Kinston Regional Jetport
Kinston Regional Jetport
|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|
Kinston Regional Jetport (IATA: ISO, ICAO: KISO, FAA 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. 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.
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.  
The present air terminal opened in July 1978.
Piedmont Airlines provided service from Kinston to various destinations in North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia from the early 1950s. As of 1975, Piedmont operated scheduled routes connecting Kinston to Atlanta, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, New Bern, Norfolk, Raleigh-Durham and Washington National, using a combination of Boeing 737, YS-11 and F-27 aircraft.
Delta Air Lines began scheduled service to Kinston in 2005, but found the service consistently unprofitable, due in large part to many travelers driving to nearby Raleigh-Durham, and terminated the service in December 2007.
|FedEx Express||Greensboro, Manteo/Dare County, Duluth International Airport, Myrtle Beach International Airport|
Accidents and incidents
- 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.
- FAA Airport Master Record for ISO ( PDF)
- Kinston Regional Jetport, official site
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
- 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
- "ISO75p1". www.departedflights.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
- "Delta to end operations at Kinston Jetport in January". Goldsboro News-Argus. 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
- Murray, Arthur O. (January 2007). "Delta says dip causes it to take off from Kinston - Business North Carolina". businessnc.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
- Gannon, Patrick (2008-04-09). "Allegiant Air committed to Wilmington, officials say". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
- North Carolina Global TransPark
- "Kinston Regional Jetport at Stallings Field - ISO" (PDF). at North Carolina DOT airport guide
- (PDF), effective October 10, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ISO, effective October 10, 2019
- Resources for this airport: