Airolina Young Aviators Benefit March 18, 2018

A Fund Raising Event to Benefit Airolina Young Aviators will be held Sunday,  March 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Beyu Caffe.  Please plan to attend and be informed about this innovative opportunity for the youth in our community and learn how you can help.  An informative and entertaining event is planned that will … Read more

Do You Know Warren H. Wheeler?

H/t to Black Past. In 1969 black aviator Warren H. Wheeler, a native of Durham, North Carolina, established Wheeler Flying Service (Wheeler Airlines), the first African American owned and operated air service in the United States. He successfully headed Wheeler Airlines for over two decades until its closure in 1991. In 1966 following a personal … Read more

The 2nd Annual AYA Fundraiser – June 30, 2017

Time: June 30, 2017, at 7:30 p.m Location: The Hayti Heritage Center The event will include live music & the sale of our “Pass it On” CD. All proceeds will go directly to Airolina Music and Flight Support, Inc. and its AYA Youth program. Come enjoy music from several very talented Durham/Raleigh & North Carolina area … Read more

Wheeler Airlines: An American First

In North Carolina, aviation experienced important developments in the late 1920s. In 1928 the state’s first airmail flight landed at Lindley Field in Greensboro. By 1929 Raleigh introduced commercial air passenger service. Shortly thereafter, flights began to serve Greensboro and Charlotte. At the beginning of the 1930s, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh were served by the … Read more

William Hervey Wheeler – Bio from Open Durham

William Hervey Wheeler attended American Flyers School in Ardmore Oklahoma, where he earned his commercial pilot’s license and a multiengine rating at age 19. He opened his own flying school at Horace Williams Airport that same year (1962.) In 1966, he became the first African-American pilot for Piedmont Airlines. In 1969, he founded his own … Read more

Endorsement from the Mayor of the City of Durham

We received this letter from William V. Bell, the Mayor of Durham, endorsing Airolina: May 25, 2017Re: Airolina Music and Flight Support, Inc. To Whom It May Concern: For your review and favorable action, I am writing to endorse the existence and efforts of Airline Music and Flight Support, Inc. Airline is a 501c-3 non-profit … Read more