Wilmington International Airport (IATA: ILM, ICAO: KILM, FAA LID: ILM) is a public airport located just north of Wilmington, North Carolina, in unincorporated Wrightsboro, Cape Fear Township, New Hanover County.
The airport began in 1927 as Bluethenthal Field, named for aviator Arthur Bluethenthal, the first Wilmingtonian to be killed in World War I. In the 1950s the airport became known as the New Hanover County Airport. In 1988 the airport added “International” to become known as New Hanover County International Airport. On December 17, 1997 the New Hanover County Airport Authority changed the name to Wilmington International Airport.
WILMINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
The airport was named Bluethenthal Field on Memorial Day, May 30, 1928, in honor of Arthur Bluethenthal, a former All American football player and decorated World War I pilot who was the first North Carolinian to die in the war.
During World War II, the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training.
WILMINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
WILMINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 32 ft.
Runway length available: 06/24 8016×200 ft. :: 17/35 7004×150 ft.