About Laurinburg-Maxton Airport

Locally Developed, Regionally Based, Globally Strategic

The Laurinburg-Maxton Airport provides convenient location, extraordinary service and diverse amenities to industrial, commercial, private and governmental customers for their aviation and land-side needs in our quest to become the premiere aviation hub for the southeast.

The Laurinburg-Maxton army base, now known as the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, was the world's largest Waco CG-4A glider pilot training base in the world from 1942 until 1945. At it peek 10,000 men were stationed at this facility. When the base closed in 1945, DOD gave the airport and its remaining facilities to the towns of Laurinburg and Maxton. The two municipalities formed a commission to manage and direct the operation of the airport and its surrounding land. The commission is comprised of three appointed representatives from each municipality. The chairman is chosen each year from these representatives, with the chairmanship being filled annually alternating between municipalities.

In Memory of the Combat Glider Pilots and other airborne assault personnel who trained at the Laurinburg-Maxton Army Airbase during World War II.


  • Tommy Parker, Chairman
  • Willis Sullivan, Secretary
  • Ella A. Morris
  • Gary Gallman
  • Mary Jo Adams
  • James McDougald


  • JoAnn Gentry, Executive Director
  • Mickey Oxendine, Superintendent-Water & Wastewater
  • James Croke, Back Up Operator
  • Herbert Buie
  • Tyler Oxendine


16701 Airport Road, Maxton, North Carolina 28364