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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:

Series XV. Personal, 1910-2002, undated

Scope and Contents: Personal The Personal series consists of materials related to WPL’s and MOL’s professional lives but which are not directly tied to any of the companies. The series is divided into four subseries: William P. Lear, Moya Olsen Lear, Lear Family, and General. Each of these has been further broken down and are clarified below. Materials are generally, but not always, arranged by date, with undated items at the...

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