March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
THE NINETY-NINES, INC., is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries. Their members includes professional pilots for airlines, industry, and government, flight instructors, and aviation mechanics. The organization began in 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. At that initial meeting, Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked tirelessly to keep the group together until 1931, when Amelia Earhart was elected as first president and the group was named for the 99 charter members.
This collection consists of scrapbooks or yearbooks complied by the officers of the Ninety-nines to document the organization. Included in the yearbooks are the following: photographs of the members and officers; news clippings of the organization, individual chapters and sections, and on individual members; programs from air races, including Air Race Classic, Angel Derby, and the Powder Puff Derby; minutes from the annual meetings; and newsletters of the organization, "The 99news," "Ninety-Nine News," and "Ninety-niner."
6.54 cubic feet (6 records center boxes)