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, 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, and the group selected the name "Ninety-Nines" to represent the 99 charter members. Membership was immediately opened to other women as they became licensed pilots. In recent years membership has been opened to include women with student pilot certificates.
Our international membership is comprised of more than 6,000 women.
JOIN THE NINETY-NINES
As a licensed woman pilot (current or not), you are invited to become a part of our legacy as the first international organization of women pilots. The Ninety-Nines are a positive force in the aviation community and you are invited to partake in all that we can offer.
Our membership is divided into chapters that are part of geographical "Sections" that cover several states in the U.S., provinces in Canada and countries. The Emerald Angels of the Gulf Coast Chapter (EAGC) is in the Southeast Section of the 99s, which has nearly 900 member from 22 Chapters in 9 states.
Click here to join the 99s online
The NINETY-NINES® INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN PILOTS® promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.
OUR CHAPTER HISTORY
On January 18, 2014, nine women pilots came together in Pensacola, Florida to establish a local chapter of the Ninety-Nines and named it The Emerald Angels of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Ninety-Nines, Inc.
Our chapter welcomes female pilots and student pilots along coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and southwest Georgia.