Women pilots gather at Liberty Aviation Museum for ‘99s’ meeting

Flying to Carl Keller Field in Port Clinton for the 26th year, the Sept. 7 meeting of the All-Ohio Ninety-Nines, an International Organization of Women Pilots, held at the Liberty Aviation Museum.

For many years the group celebrated with the Gypsum Reunion at the hangar. Pilots and spouses, who are called 49½’s, will fly or drive to Port Clinton for a business meeting, visit the museum and eat at the diner.

The Compass Rose at the Port Clinton Airport was painted there by chapter members a few years ago.

Ninety-Nines were named for 99 charter members. They formed in 1929 when all 117 licensed American female pilots were invited to assemble for mutual support and advancement of aviation. Amelia Earhart was the first president. International and local chapters give scholarships to pilots for furthering their education.

Chairman of the All-Ohio Chapter, chartered in 1933, is Roberta Jones of Put-in-Bay. Other chapters in Ohio are Lake Erie [1974], and Scioto Valley [1981]. For many years at different airports, the All-Ohio Chapter held the Buckeye Air Rally, open to men and women. Chapters cooperate with the FAA and other aviation organizations to present safety seminars throughout the year.

The 99’s and other women pilots are invited to attend the activities beginning at 11 a.m.

Aviation activities for those flying to Port Clinton were organized by Linda Blodgett of Ashland. For further information about this meeting or the Ninety-Nines, contact Edna Hansen, 419-734-2423.

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