The Kinston Regional Jetport, located in the heart of Eastern North Carolina, is a state-of-the-art airport that boasts one of the longest runways along the Eastern Seaboard.
The airport’s history began in 1942, when the United States Navy Department chose a 640-acre site, now known as the Kinston Regional Jetport, to use during World War II as a Marine Corps Auxiliary Field supporting Cherry Point.
In 1947, the field was acquired by Kinston and Lenoir County to be used as a public airport. From 1951 through 1957, Serv-Air Corporation used the airport to train USAF pilots, and in 1952, Piedmont Airlines began commercial service with DC3s.
On June 29, 1953, the airport was dedicated as Stallings Field, named for Army Air Corps lieutenants Harry and Bruce Stallings who gave their lives in 1945 while serving in the war zones.
On June 6, 1975, Governor James Holshouser and the Federal Aviation Administration designated the 1,100-acre Stallings Field as a regional airport to serve the citizens living within one hour’s driving time. A new 26,000 square foot terminal was opened on July 10, 1978, and is in use today.
In January 1999, ownership of the Kinston Regional Jetport was transferred to the N.C. Global TransPark Authority, a combined airport-industrial complex designed to attract industry and bring increased economic opportunities to the citizens of Eastern North Carolina and beyond.
Piedmont Airlines and then US Airways served the Kinston Regional Jetport with various aircraft throughout the decades until January 2000, when US Airways discontinued its service.
The Lenoir Committee of 100, a non-profit corporation developed to facilitate economic development in Lenoir County, worked for more than four years to re-establish jet service to the region.
Special thanks to Mr. Bill Dyer, Jr. for providing the vintage photos used on this page.