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Women pilots meet at Port Clinton airport


 Carl Keller Field is the site of the Sept. 16 meeting of the All-Ohio Chapter of the Ninety Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots. 

Pilots and spouses, who are 49 ½’s, will fly or drive to Port Clinton airport for a meeting and later join in the festivities of the Gypsum Reunion.  This is the 19th year the 99’s have met in conjunction with the annual Gypsum reunion.
 Guest speaker this year is Judge Tom Corogin, who will speak about his trip in a sailboat below South America.  He was requested as a speaker by members who had read of his trip in their various local newspapers and online.
 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 the advancement of aviation.  Amelia Earhart was the first president.  International and local chapters give scholarships to pilots for furthering their aviation education.
 Chairman of the All-Ohio Chapter, chartered in 1933, is Roberta Jones of Columbus and Put-in-Bay.  Other chapters in Ohio are Lake Erie [1974], Scioto Valley [1981], Greater Cincinnati [1986], and Women with Wings [1993] in the Akron-Canton area.  For many years at different airports the All-Ohio Chapter has 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.  Pinch-hitter courses are designed to help a non-pilot land a plane if the pilot has a medical emergency.
 99’s and other women pilots in the area are invited to attend the social time at 11 a.m., the program at noon and meeting at 12:30. Many will view progress of the ongoing restoration of the Tin Goose [Ford Tri Motor] being done by the local Experimental Aviation Association [EAA] at the Aviation Museum.
 Aviation activities for those flying to Port Clinton were organized by Linda Blodgett and Chris Creamer of Ashland.  For further information about this meeting or the Ninety-Nines, contact Edna Hansen, 419-734-2423.

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