North Auxiliary Airfield

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North Auxiliary Airfield
North Army Airfield
North Auxiliary Airfield - South Carolina.jpg
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerU.S. Air Force
LocationNorth, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL321 ft / 98 m
CoordinatesCoordinates: 33°37′01″N 081°04′59″W / 33.61694°N 81.08306°W / 33.61694; -81.08306
KXNO is located in South Carolina
Location of North Auxiliary Airfield
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
5/23 3,500 1,067 Asphalt

North Air Force Auxiliary Airfield (ICAO: KXNO, FAA LID: XNO) is a military airfield located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of North, a town in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, United States.[1][2]

It is owned by the U.S. Air Force and is used primarily for C-17 Globemaster III training by the 628 ABW and its Air Force Reserve "Associate" unit, the 315th Airlift Wing, at Joint Base Charleston. Other units can utilize North with prior coordination with the 628 AW. The 628th Civil Engineering Squadron (628 CES) of the 628 ABW/437th AW at Charleston AFB maintains a detachment to maintain and operate the airfield.


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 asphalt runway (5/23) measuring 3,500 x 90 ft (1,067 x 27 m).[1][2]


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 10,000 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.[3][4]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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