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Women in Aviation Memorabilia

  • Dates: July 20, 2020 - March 31, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: John Wayne Airport in the Vi Smith Gallery on the Departure (upper) Level in Terminal C across from Gate 14
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    Aviation memorabilia and historical artifacts from the early 1900s procured by the Ninety-Nines® Museum of Women Pilots are on display at John Wayne Airport. Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit showcasing the unique history of women in aviation and their passion for flight.

    “Women have made a significant contribution to the field of aviation since the Wright Brothers took flight in 1903,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “Travelers coming through John Wayne Airport are sure to enjoy viewing the exhibit and learning about the history of women pilots including Amelia Earhart, the first president of the Ninety-Nines®, who worked to establish and grow the group.”

    Passengers will have the opportunity to view free-standing display cases located in the Vi Smith Gallery on the Departure (upper) Level in Terminal C across from Gate 14 to learn more about the origin of the Ninety-Nines®  and its founding members.

    Established in 1929 by 99 women pilots, the name “Ninety-Nines” was selected to represent the 99 charter members and became collectively known as the Ninety-Nines® International Organization of Women Pilots. The group promotes the advancement of aviation through education, mentoring, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring their unique history and passion for flight. To learn more, visit

    Formed in 1962, the local chapter of the Orange County Ninety-Nines® (OC 99s) includes a dynamic group of women pilots based in and around John Wayne Airport.