Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Ninety-Nines

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Ninety-Nines

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Out of the past and into the future could be the theme for the annual convention of the Ninety-Nines Inc. in Oklahoma City's Marriott Hotel next week.

Not only will famed aviator Amelia Earhart be remembered for her role in early day aviation with scholarships to women pilots, but the proposed manned landing on Mars also is scheduled to be the topic of one of the discussions.

Trips to Mars, discussions on how to establish aviation records, Cessna Aircraft Co.'s opening of the new single-engine airplane manufacturing line in Independence, Kan., and aviation career paths for women all are on the agenda for the convention July 11-13.

In conjunction with the convention, the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum at the Omniplex, 2100 NE 52nd St., will feature a day-long Aviation Space Fair.

This event is open to the public, which will feature some of the same speakers who are appearing at the Ninety-Nines convention.

Donna Shirley, manager of the Mars Exploration Program for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and Jack L. Cole Jr., president of the National Aeronautic Association, are scheduled speakers at the fair.

It also will feature flights inWorld War II Link trainers and F-16 computerized simulators.

Admission for adults is $5, while students and senior citizens will pay $3. Advance registration is requested, according to Don Finch, executive director.

Along with the scholarships, Earhart, who disappeared during an around-the-world flight in 1937, will be remembered because of Linda Finch of San Antonio.

Finch has a restored Lockheed Electra that she plans to use in a re-creation of Earhart's last flight. The Electra is the same type of airplane that Earhart used when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, was founded Nov. 2, 1929 at Curtiss Field on Long Island, N.Y. Of the more than 100 licensed women pilots of the day, 99 became charter members, taking their number as the name of the organization. Earhart was named first president.

Since that time, the organization has worked to support women in aviation and preserve their history in the industry. …

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