Thu, May 19, 2011
While Peggy Chabrian's amazing work with the Women in Aviation
organization has helped to popularize the role of the "better sex"
(as Vicki used to remind me, persistently, to describe them), it
was the Ninety-Nines that first put women and aviation together in
the public eye.
The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women
pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education,
scholarships, and mutual support while honoring their unique
history and sharing their passion for flight. Established in 1929
by 99 women pilots, the members of The Ninety-Nines, Inc.,
International Organization of Women Pilots, are represented in all
areas of aviation today. T
he Ninety-Nines, Inc., boasts licensed women pilot/members from
35 countries - and the organization notes that it has thousands
of members throughout the world. They are a non-profit,
charitable membership corporation holding 501(c)(3) U.S. tax
status. International HQ is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and
while there are other female pilot organizations in various states
and nations, virtually all women of achievement in aviation have
been or are members of The Ninety-Nines.
The organization came into being November 2, 1929, at Curtiss
Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 American
female pilots had been invited to assemble for mutual support and
the advancement of aviation.
Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked tirelessly to
keep the group together as we struggled to organize and grow until
1931, when Amelia Earhart was elected as first president and the
group was named for the 99 charter members.
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