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