Mission & History

Mission The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight. What We Do
  • Right Seat Companion Program
  • Scholarship Program
  • Air Marking
History The Scioto Valley Chapter 99s was founded on March 18, 1981 by members of the All-Ohio Chapter. We are chartered by the Ninety Nines, Inc., which is an international organization with a membership of over 6,500 licensed women pilots from 35 countries. We are a non-profit, charitable membership corporation holding 501(c)(3) US 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. The organization started on November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 American female pilots were sent a letter by Amelia Earhart to invite them to assemble for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked tirelessly to keep the group together as we struggled to organize and grow. In 1931, Amelia Earhart was elected as the organization's first president and the group was named for the 99 charter members. 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! Founding Members of the Scioto Valley Chapter Norma Bethel Constance Copeland Myra Jamison Lena Loffer Bonnie McSwain Marilynn Miller Berneta Mosher Janet (Senek) Robertson Leah Schofield Nancy Shaw Mildred L. Stahl