Grand Strand Airport

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Grand Strand Airport
Grand Strand Airport - South Carolina.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
Airport typePublic
Owner Horry County
Serves North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Elevation  AMSL32 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 33°48′42″N 078°43′26″W / 33.81167°N 78.72389°W / 33.81167; -78.72389
CRE is located in South Carolina
Location of Grand Strand Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 5,997 1,828 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations46,670
Based aircraft47

Grand Strand Airport ( IATA: CRE, ICAO: KCRE, FAA LID: CRE) is a county-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) northwest of the central business district of North Myrtle Beach, in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. [1] The name Grand Strand refers to a nearby 60-mile stretch of beach (strand in German).

This airport is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (2009–2013), which categorizes it as a general aviation airport. [2]

Facilities and aircraft

Grand Strand Airport covers an area of 427 acres (173 ha) at an elevation of 32 feet (10 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 5/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,997 by 100 feet (1,828 x 30 m). [1]

For the 12-month period ending October 30, 2008, the airport had 46,670 aircraft operations, an average of 127 per day: 96% general aviation, 2% air taxi, and 2% military. At that time there were 47 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single- engine, 15% multi-engine, 2% jet and 2% helicopter. [1]


The origins of the airport are undetermined, however it was likely built during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces. Known as Wampee Flight Strip, it was used as an auxiliary landing airfield for Myrtle Beach Army Airfield. It was closed after World War II, and was turned over for local government use by the War Assets Administration (WAA).

Beginning in 1956, this was the commercial airport for Myrtle Beach and other Grand Strand communities, primarily being serviced by Piedmont Airlines. It was used until the opening of what is now Myrtle Beach International Airport in 1976 at Myrtle Beach AFB.

Since 1976, the airport has been used by general aviation, primarily serving the North Myrtle Beach area.

See also


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

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for CRE PDF, effective 2009-08-27.
  2. ^ FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: 2009-2013. Federal Aviation Administration. Published 1 October 2008.
  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.

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