Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Archives at The Museum of Flight

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:

Minnie M. Boyd Collection on The Ninety-Nines

Identifier: 2017-03-28
Abstract Minnie M. Boyd (1910-1998) was born in Four Lakes, Washington and was an avid aviator. This collection contains correspondence, organizational records, membership directories, photographs, clippings, printed materials, and ephemera related to the Ninety-Nines, Inc.,and gathered by Minnie M. Boyd during her time as a member.

The Museum of Flight | 9404 E. Marginal Way South | Seattle WA 98108-4097 | 206-764-5874
Contact us with a research request