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Northeastern Regional Airport

Airport information
Airport typePublic
OperatorTown of Edenton
LocationEdenton, North Carolina
Elevation6.1 m (20 ft)

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Northeastern Regional Airport is a public airport located three miles (5 km) southeast of the central business district (CBD) of Edenton, a town in Chowan County, North Carolina, USA. This general aviation airport covers 734 acre (297 ha) and has two runways.

The airport was originally constructed during World War II by the United States Navy as Marine Corps Air Station Edenton. In this role, it hosted Marine Operational Training Group 81 (MOTG-81) and its subordinate squadrons. MOTG-81 trained pilots, aircrewmen and ground crews on the land-based PBJ-1 medium bomber, a U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps variant of the U.S. Army Air Forces' B-25 Mitchell bomber that was operated by Marine bombing squadrons, primarily in the Pacific theater.

Following World War II, the installation was redesignated as Naval Auxiliary Air Station Edenton and was operationally administered by Marine Air Base Squadron 14 (MABS-14), hosting Marine Corps fighter squadrons flying the F9F-2 Panther and attack squadrons flying the AD-4B and AD-5 Skyraider during the Korean War and early years of the Cold War. NAAS Edenton was decommissioned in 1960 and turned over to the local government for conversion to a civilian airport.

As a civilian airfield, Northeastern Regional Airport is a general aviation facility. The sole operational runway, Runway 1/19, was originally an 8,000 foot by 200 foot paved surface when control of the air station was reliquished by the military. Although the entire pavement length remains, the approach ends have been displaced and only a 6,000 foot by 100 foot section is currently maintained and usable. A Category I ILS approach has also been installed on Runway 19, albeit without any precision approach lighting. The former air station's air traffic control tower was abandoned upon the military's departure and has never reopened, leaving the airport as an uncontrolled airport with UNICOM services only. Several of the other former military buildings have since been converted to multiple civilian aviation and non-aviation uses.

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