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Ninety-Nines (Organization)


The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots was founded November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. In 1931, Amelia Earhart was elected the first President, and the group selected the name "Ninety-Nines" (99s) to represent the 99 charter members.

Their mission and purpose is to "promote advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight." Activities include aviation education seminars in the community, air racing, and airmarking - volunteering their time to paint airport names, compass rose symbols and other identifications on airports.

According to, there are twenty-five (25) sections and one hundred fifty-five (155) chapters world-wide. The International Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is home to the 99s Museum of Women Pilots "housing the library, the oral history video tapes" and many member collections.

Source and Further Reading:

History of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. Published by The Ninety-Nines, Inc., 1979.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Velda King Mapelli Air Racing Collection

Identifier: 2010-06-11
Contents of the Collection The Velda King Mapelli Air Racing Collection is comprised of hundreds of photographs and a small amount of negatives; textual materials suchs as brochures, certificates, ID cards, licenses, assorted ephemera, and correspondence; and race booklets from assorted races. The materials were collected by Velda King Mapelli, as well as her daughter Stephanie and husband Gene, during the course of her flying years, approximately 1969-1989. The photographs, which are both in color and...

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