Alaska Chapter of the International Organization of Women Pilots

Charter Date: Jan 19, 1954

The Ninety-Nines, Inc., is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries. Even though the majority of its more than 6,000 members live in the United States, the organization has been international in scope since it's founding. 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 was founded November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 women pilots at the time were 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 they struggled to establish themselves and to grow.

In 1931, Amelia Earhart was elected first president, and the group was named for the 99 charter members. Membership was immediately opened to other women as they became licensed pilots, and the early purposes continue to guide the organization today.

In addition to women who hold a pilot's certificate, the organization recently opened its membership to women student pilots.

The Alaska Chapter of the Ninety-Nines was organized in 1954 by 8 original charter members:

  • Helen Stoddard - 1st Chair
  • Lois Wise - 1st Vice Chair
  • Helen Snyder - 1st Secretary Treasurer
  • Dorothy Burns
  • Pat McGee
  • Celia Mayer
  • Florence Fintak
  • Alyce Humphreys

Enjoy these photos of our past: