Laurinburg-Maxton Airport is a public airport located three miles (5 km) north of the central business district (CBD) of Maxton and east of Laurinburg. Maxton is located primarily in Robeson County, North Carolina, USA while Laurinburg is in Scotland County, North Carolina, USA as is the airport proper. This general aviation airport covers 4290 acre (1736.1 ha) and has two runways. It is home of the United States Army Parachute team Golden Knights.
Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Laurinburg-Maxton Airport is assigned MEB
by the FAA and MXE by the IATA (which assigned MEB to Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). The airport's ICAO identifier is KMEB.
The airfield was constructed for the United States Army Air Force during World War II. During the war the airfield was a large training base for glider-towing aircraft.
Today the airfield is noted for being the home of Charlotte Aircraft, a company which parts-out and scraps older aircraft. Visitors to the airfield can see a large number of 727s, 747s, DC-10s, and other aircraft in various stages of being dismantled and scrapped.
In 2006 the nose of Northwest Airline’s first 747-100 was removed from the aircraft at Maxton by Charlotte Aircraft and was sent Washington DC where it is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall.