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.


As a licensed/certificated 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.

The 99s membership is divided into chapters which are part of geographical "Sections" which 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 about 900 member from 22 Chapters in 9 states.

THE NINETY-NINES, INC.®, is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 44 countries - we currently have thousands of  members throughout the world. We are a non-profit, charitable membership corporation holding 501(c)(3) U.S. tax status. Our International Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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.

Today Ninety-Nines are professional pilots for airlines, industry and government; we are pilots who teach and pilots who fly for pleasure; we are pilots who are technicians and mechanics. But first and foremost, we are women who love to fly!

Our Headquarters, located in a two-story building complex on six acres at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is home to our large archival records, video oral histories, personal artifacts, collections and memorabilia, and biographical files on thousands of women pilots from around the world. This is also the site of our 99s Museum of Women Pilots.

Please stop in at our Headquarters if you are in the area. Our business hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday or by appointment.


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.


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 ALL female pilots and student pilots along coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and southwest Georgia.

Mark Your Calendar

Our monthly meetings are held every second Saturday of the Month at 10:00 AM. Locations will vary to accomodate everyone in our chapter.  All female pilots are invited to attend our meetings and events, with no obligation.  (Refer to our "Calendar" page for information regarding our next meeting or event.) 

If you are interested in becoming a pilot, you are welcome to join us and find out what we are all about!


See you soon!