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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.
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!
The Nashville Chapter was founded in 2021. Our members range from Student Pilots to Airline Captains. We meet monthly, generally on the First Thursday of the month, to build our knowledge about aviation education or to participate in a flying adventure. Annually, we offer a Scholarship(s) to Nashville female pilots. We love to share our passion for flying with other female pilots. We invite you join or visit our Nashville 99s Chapter.
Promote advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.
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.
SONG OF THE NINETY-NINES ©
Written in 1941 by Dick Ballou, the song was adopted as The Ninety-Nines official song during the annual business meeting held July 5, 1941 in Albuquerque, NM and copyright issued in 1941. The song is performed by Donna Cox with piano accompaniment by Kayla Paulk.
"In the air, everywhere,
It's the song of The Ninety-Nines.
Wings in Flight,
Day and Night,
with the Song of The Ninety-Nines;
On the line,
ships and spirits tuned in rhyme,
Keep that formation
over the nation
with the song of The Ninety-Nines. ©