History

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. And, to quote Amelia, fly “for the fun of it!”

The history of the Ninety-Nines, rich with achievements, is an integral part of the history of aviation and intertwines with the history of many nations. Such names as Amelia Earhart, Jacqueline Cochrane, Sheila Scott and Hanna Reitsch dot our past while new heroines such as Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette in the space program and Janice Brown in the solar flight program help to shape the future.

The Ninety-Nines, Inc. was founded on November 2, 1929 by 99 women pilots. Amelia Earhart was our first president. It is now a 6500 member non-profit world-wide organization, with members in the United States, Canada, and 30 other countries. The Ninety-Nines is the world’s oldest and largest organization of women pilots.

Each member was an outstanding person in her own right. They made contributions to aviation totally out of proportion to their numbers. They are pilots, mechanics, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, doctors, lawyers, engineers.

While the organization was founded to be a support group for women in aviation fields, we have broadened our scope over time and now direct our efforts to educational, charitable, and scientific pursuits for all facets of aviation.