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Who Are the Ninety-Nines

THE NINETY-NINES, INC. is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries – with over 6,000 members throughout the world.  We are a non-profit, charitable membership corporation.  The Ninety-Nines International Headquarters are located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Although 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 99s.

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.

Today Ninety-Nines are professional pilots for airlines, industry, and government; we are pilots who teach and pilots who fly for pleasure; we are pilots who are technicians and mechanics. But first and foremost, we are women who love to fly!

Our Headquarters, located in a two story building complex on six acres at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is home to our large archival records, video oral histories, personal artifacts, collections and memorabilia, and biographical files on thousands of women pilots from around the world. This is also the site of our 99s Museum of Women Pilots. Please stop in if you are in the area.

The Ninety-Nines, Inc.
4300 Amelia Earhart Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73159 USA
405.685.7969 / 800.994.1929
Fax 405.685.7985

Our business hours are 9:00 AM to 5 PM Monday - Friday or by appointment.

What Do the Ninety-Nines Do?

The Ninety-Nines reach into every corner of aviation.  Each year the chapters sponsor more than 300 educational programs, including flying safety, airport tours, fun flying, and flying companion seminars.

The Ninety-Nines also fly air ambulance, blood and medical supplies; help identify airports by air-marking names on runways and roof tops; serve on local, state and federal aeronautics commissions; and promote intercollegiate flying competition.

To promote the upgrading of pilot skills and proficiency, the Ninety-Nines operate local and cross-country racing events, the most famous of which was the Power Puff Derby.  Each year the Ninety-nines award ten or more scholarships Amelia Earhart Scholarships for advanced flight training.  Additionally the chapters award numerous student pilots and advanced rating scholarships.


99s Mission Statement


The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots

that promotes advancement of aviation through

education, scholarships, and mutual support

while honoring our unique history and

sharing our passion for flight.



Here are the top ten reasons for being a member of the Ninety Nines.

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