The History of Flight booklet. Courtesy of Albert Gore Research Center, Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame, The 99s Collection.

This online exhibit explores the history of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for women pilots, and centers on stories from the Tennessee chapter. Much of the exhibit’s content comes from The 99s Collection, which is part of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Records housed at the Albert Gore Research Center. Kelsey Lamkin, curator and public history graduate student, gathered additional information from the Ninety-Nines website. Arranged topically, the exhibit highlights events from the Tennessee chapter’s founding in 1940 through their activities into the 1970s. The exhibit also uses the Ninety-Nines’ mission statement to guide us through their history and achievements.

Mission Statement

The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.


Advancement Of Aviation


Ornament of woman pilot in 575OV, by Fran Davis. Courtesy of Albert Gore Research Center, Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame, The 99s Collection.

This section relates the history of the Ninety-Nines, the Southeast Section, and the Tennessee chapter.


Educating the public on women’s place in aviation history and key aviation practices is an important part of the organization’s mission.


The organization has several scholarships, including their most prominent award, the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship.

Mutual Support

The Ninety-Nines remain committed to supporting women pilots and creating a network of resources.

Honoring Our Unique History

This section highlights the lives and contributions of prominent local members, Louise Woods, Cornelia Fort, Jessie Woods, and Ruth Wolfe Thomas.

Sharing Our Passion For Flight

Air shows and races remain an exciting attraction for both pilots and aviation enthusiasts. The 99s Museum of Women Pilots honors the organization’s groundbreaking history.

Additional Resources