Flying with the Ninety-Nines

19 Oct


Today I went flying with the Ninety-Nines (an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries) who conveniently held a fundraiser in Pequannock, New Jersey.

The majority of the Ninety-Nines 6,500-plus members live in the United States. 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 Ninety-Nines.

The organization came into being November 2, 1929 at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, NY. All 117 American licensed female pilots had been invited to assemble to provide mutual support and for the advancement of aviation. Louise Thaden was elected Secretary and worked tirelessly to keep the group together as they struggled to organize and grow.

Then, in 1931, Amelia Earhart was elected as first president, and the group was named for the 99 charter members. Membership was immediately open to additional women as they became licensed pilots.

99s International Mission Statement:

  • Promote world fellowship through flight.
  • Provide networking and scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community.
  • Preserve the unique history of women in aviation.


                                                         About the North Jersey Chapter
The North Jersey chapter is one of ten chapters that make up the New York/New Jersey section of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. The membership includes licensed women pilots (99s) across the northern and central portions of New Jersey and parts of suburban New York. There is an active student pilots (66s/Future Women Pilots) mentoring program to support women who are learning to fly. Members fly fixed wing aircraft, jets, helicopters, balloons, and gliders. They fly professionally as well as for fun!

Other chapters include: Garden State, Penn-Jersey, Central New York, Greater New York, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York Capital District, and Western New York.

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