Since 1929, The Ninety-Nines have been supporting and promoting women pilots in all areas of aviation
The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.
On November 2, 1929, an organization of women pilots was established at Curtis Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. At the time, there were 117 women pilots who were actively flying in the United States and all of these women were invited to assemble for mutual support, the advancement of aviation, and to create a central office to keep files on women in aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked to keep the group together as they struggled to establish themselves and to grow. Those early purposes continue to guide the organization today.
In 1931, Amelia Earhart was elected the first president of the organization and the group selected the name "Ninety Nines" to represent the first 99 charter members. Membership was immediately opened to other women as they became licensed pilots and helped provide support and camaraderie to women as they embarked in their careers as pilots. In recent years, membership has been opened to women with student pilot certificates. Today, The Ninety-Nines Organization of Women Pilots is worldwide and represents women in all areas of aviation.
Song of the Ninety-Nines
In the air, everywhere,
It's the song of The Ninety-Nines,
Wings in Flight,
Day and Night,
withe the song of The Ninety-Nines;
On the line,
Ships and spirits tuned in rhyme,
Keep that formation
over the Nation
with the Song of The Ninety-Nines