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 5,003 1,525 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]

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 5,003 x 100 ft. (1,525 x 30 m)
  • 14/32 at 4,000 x 100 ft. (1,219 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending June 5, 2015, the airport averaged 120 operations per day: 86% general aviation, 9% air taxi and 6% military. At that time there were 54 aircraft based at this airport of which 54 were single-engine, 7 were multi-engine, and 2 were jet airplanes.[6]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for MRH (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ Segrave Aviation, Inc. - Airport's fixed-base operator (FBO). Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  3. ^ More about Morehead - Morehead City web site. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  4. ^ Great Circle Mapper: KMRH - Beaufort, North Carolina (Michael J. Smith Field)
  5. ^ Aviation Safety Network: MRH - May River Airport, Papua New Guinea
  6. ^ [1]

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