“a focus on women who made & are making history”
The body of knowledge concerning who the 99s are and what they have accomplished over a 75 year history has a permanent home. It is located on the second floor of the International Headquarters building of the Ninety-Nines at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, OK. Over 5000 sq. ft. displays the history of the 99s in this handsome facility. Our exhibit areas and library will provide new insights into the role women pilots played in the development of aviation. Also, the repository of personal papers, personal items and historic artifacts make up the archives at the museum. The 99s museum chronicles the rich history of women aviators from Amelia Earhart to today's women of space. An extensive collection of artifacts belonging to Amelia include a pair of leather goggles, her "lucky" bracelet (which she left behind on her last flight), one of her famous scarves and numerous other articles. While there are many on display, many other items, which are too fragile to exhibit, are being carefully stored until such times as the museum can afford to properly show them. There is information about the first Powder Puff Derby, where women flew cross-country. You can see the various routes they flew, photos of the planes, some of the equipment they used, and a large display of the trophies that were awarded to the winners. You can see photos and learn of the first mother/daughter flying team. This First Women's Transcontinental Air Race was flown across the country in 1929. A young Louise Thaden, won that race in a new aircraft, The Travel Air, designed by Walter Beech. This very aircraft is owned by the 99s and on display at the Kirkpatrick Air and Space Museum in Oklahoma City. Naturally, there is a section dedicated to women aviators' contribution to the military, both the U.S. Military and those of governments around the world. History of the U.S. Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) can be found at the museum along with information about the Russian Night Witches, the Civil Air Patrol, the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), women combat pilots, and the first woman graduate of MIT. Uniforms from British and U.S. WASPs are on display. The 99s Museum of Women Pilots doesn't just focus on the women who flew early day airplanes, but also spotlights the pilots of today and those of tomorrow's spacecraft.
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99'S Museum of Women Pilots
- Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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