While visiting Oklahoma City, tourists have the opportunity to experience a very significant piece of aviation history. Less than one mile from Will Rogers World Airport, The Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots is an intriguing stop on the way in or out of Oklahoma City. The museum displays a unique collection of the papers, personal mementos and other historic artifacts from some of the greatest achievements and adventures of the international community of women pilots. Its library and exhibit areas accurately portray the role women pilots played in the development of aviation.
The Ninety-Nines, Inc., named for the 99 women pilots who signed the original charter in 1929, is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries with more than 5,500 members. Most women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines.
Among the museum’s displays are artifacts from Harriet Quimby, America’s first woman pilot; Bessie Coleman, the world’s first African American woman pilot; and Jackie Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier and the founder of the Women’s Air Service Pilot (WASP) program during WWII. Also on display is a collection of some of Amelia Earhart’s personal treasures. Amelia’s lucky bracelet that she wore on every flight except for her last, her pilot’s license, the charts that she used to navigate her flights and an actual voice recording are all in The Ninety-Nines collection. The museum will be celebrating Amelia Earhart’s birthday on July 24, and will be offering a $2 discount to those who bring their Key magazine July 25-30.
Opened in 1999, the museum is located on the second floor of the International Headquarters for The Ninety-Nines, Inc. at 4300 Amelia Earhart Road. The Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. For more information, visit www.ninety-nines.org or call 405-685-9990.
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