The airport also has unique standing in African-American history. Twenty of the original Tuskegee Airmen called North Carolina home and most all did some training at IGX. Warren Wheeler, the founder of the first African-American-owned air carrier, Wheeler Airlines, opened his own flying school at IGX in 1962. Earlier, due to racial segregation, earning a commercial pilot’s license was not possible for Wheeler in North Carolina. In order to realize his dream, Wheeler had to leave the South for his training.