Archive for the '99s' Category

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week

The Niney-Nines encourages individuals and Chapters to introduce women and girls to aviation during the 3rd annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week march 4-10, 2013. For information about how to organize an event visit

Our parent organizations Southwest and International have websites that are stuffed with information and entertainment. When you’re waiting on ‘hold’ or lost in the voice mail labyrinth or just a way to enjoy a cup of coffee log on

Lockheed Lovely

For those of you who haven’t been captivated by Carolyn Patterson’s husband, Fred, you’re in for a real treat. Fred has spent his life rescuing downed, famous airplanes, retrieving them from their crash sites and bringing them back to their glory. His stories are right up there with the ‘Indiana Jones’ bunch. The latest effort has been to restore the Lockheed that Linda Finch flew around the world to commemorate Amelia Earhart’s flight. Fred had rebuilt and refinished the plane for Linda.

Now 12 years later he is readying the plane to museum specs. The plane looks like there must be 3000 hours of polishing put to it’s skin. Brand new Pratt and Whitney engines are hanging off the wings ready to take on another round the world adventure. Crawl into the cockpit and you’re back 75 years when aviation was function without a lot of consideration to comfort. How AE, Linda and other pilots managed those long range flights must have been heroic. There was no lav so it was the mason jar or diapers. From the bulk head back it’s one big fuel tank. You cannot walk to the back where the navigator would be crammed into a nook. Communication was by a note on a pulley between fore and aft. To get into and out of the plane you have to wriggle through a window into the cockpit. Just sitting in the left seat gives one pause. Your respect of those who flew these beauties amplifies by hundreds.

After Linda’s epic flight the plane was sold and began another hibernation in the dark corner of a collectors hanger. Since Fred was the wizard who put her on her wings, the subsequent owners (several) found Fred and asked him to do the deed again. The plane would be for sale. For the past year Fred, Carolyn and crew have dedicated their lives to the Lockheed. It seems the Museum of Flight in Seattle will be the next owner of the girl. Sad to think how ‘flight ready’ she is and how now her wings will never soar on the winds again.

Our next meeting will be under the wings of Fred’s beauty if the museum doesn’t claim her first. What an incredible back drop for a party. Be sure to let Carolyn know you’re coming. The Patterson’s parties are not to be missed!


SWS 99s Spring meeting – North Hollywood, CA – May 4-6, 2012

…Report from Emissary Kitty Houghton

SWS 99s Spring meeting – North Hollywood, CA – May 4-6, 2012

One hundred ten 99s from the four states of the Southwest Section converged on North Hollywood last weekend for the spring meeting of the Southwest Section. Fifteen of them flew in, navigating VFR over the top and down through holes in a persistent cloud layer to land at non-towered Whiteman Airport. There they were met by friendly San Fernando Valley 99s who offered home-baked cookies and scooted them and their bags via golf cart from planeside to waiting vehicles.

Many who came to the spring meeting didn’t have far to drive from their Southern California communities. Those who could get there by Thursday afternoon had the fun of touring a house that Amelia Earhart had once lived in – a tour given by the cordial couple who now live in it. Friday arrivals not tied up in officers’ meetings could join the group that visited the Gene Autry Museum, a treasure trove of the early history of the American West. That evening, documentary film-maker Brian Terwilliger screened his excellent 70 minute film on the history of Van Nuys Airport: “One Six Right”. As one viewer said afterward: This was really the history of every airport in the United States!

The business meeting Sat. morning followed the standard format. There was the usual push to get people to donate money to the Endowment Fund. Seven SWS women have just been awarded AE scholarships, and they were congratulated. Members who have been introducing girls to flying were saluted. A highlight was a brief spiel by PR professional and San Diego 99 Connie Charles on how to promote an idea such as the 99s, or how to organize an event. She had some good tips, a few web-based resources, a list of basics (e.g. use a checklist), and excellent templates (for a media alert, a media kit, a pitch letter, a press release, and a public service announcement). Why reinvent the wheel when the pros have already put together these tools for you? Her best quote: “Doing business without advertising is like winking at someone in the dark. You know you did it but he doesn’t!” These tips will come in handy for the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, which is organizing the start of the Air Race Classic at Concord Buchanan Field in 2014. (Gnoss Field in Novato was an early contender, but lawyer types in the local pilot association nixed it for insurance reasons.)

New SWS officers were installed. Penny Nagy continues as Governor for a second term. Carol Andrews takes over as Vice Governor for Diane Cole, who is going over to the International Board as a Director. Chapter Chairs had exactly one minute to give their blurbs. Standing in for Cindy Pickett, Kitty Houghton gave the Marin County Chapter report in 50 seconds.

Two seminars in the afternoon – on Flying with Your iPad, and on the Explorer Aviation program – attracted a few attendees, but many went off to downtown LA to shop. In the evening the banquet featured an unusually good meal, several Section awards, and a one-woman show by professional actress Roberta Bassin portraying Amelia Earhart.

As is always true, the best thing about the weekend was the camaraderie, and the chance to catch up with friends and hangar fly whenever there was down-time. A few AE Peak climb veterans have spawned a plan to assault the peak again this summer. Almost everyone on this side of the country who went on the hike five years ago has signed up for the repeat climb in July. And there are one or two new recruits. Dates are 7/20-25.

Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund – VOTE

The Ninety-Nines and the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund are one of 20 aviation nonprofit finalists in the 2012 Lightspeed Aviation Foundation annual grant competition. The five aviation nonprofits receiving the most votes, will receive $10,000 grants.

Please support the 99s and aviation scholarships by voting for the 99s and the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund at or clicking on the link at the bottom of this email.  It takes less than a minute to vote.

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Thanks and best regards, Susan

Susan Liebeler, Ninety-Nines Fundraising Chair

310-457-2926; 310-729-3350 (cell)

Support the 99s and Aviation Scholarships.

This is from our newest member: Connie Wong

Hi Everyone! I’ve decided to run for California State Assembly!

I am running for office because I am tired of the corruption that goes on in our Government. For the last year, I have been leading a group of Whistleblowers against the California National Guard, and we finally made some headway on Feb 15, 2012! See us here:

But our biggest victory came Friday when one of our members received a letter from the EEOC Judge who ruled in their favor and imposed sanctions on the California National Guard for violating EEO laws. Basically, the California National Guard is a HOT MESS with regard to their discrimination and retaliation complaint processes. Yes!!! The Year of the Dragon is in effect!

A little bit about me:

  • Veteran of 18 years and still serving in the California National Guard in the rank of major;
  • Democrat;
  • Committed to creating jobs & eradicating joblessness – this is my #1 Priority!
  • Proud mother of a child who attends public school and committed to increasing our State’s Education Budget;
  • Committed to keeping our environment Green;
  • Realtor and Pro-California Association of Realtors (CAR) & NAR; and I advocate for “Cram Down” or Eminent Domain legislation to help those in foreclosure stay in their homes;
  • Graduated from UCLA & Rutgers Law School;
  • An advocate for more efficient Immigration Procedures;
  • Pro-Organic foods;
  • Pro-Civil & Equal Rights, Pro-Choice, Pro-LGBT Rights; and
  • For Tax Revenues; I advocate for the Legalization of Marijuana.

Please help me beat Goliath (the Incumbent) by donating

I would be thrilled if everyone just donated $5, but if you’re feeling generous, individuals can donate up to $3,900 each and Small Contributor Committees can donate up to $7,800. If everyone could help me forward this link to 20 of your friends/family and ask them to do the same, we can win this seat in the Assembly! Thank you!

Connie Wong for CA State Assembly 2012 Committee


Flyers, A rainy day is a great time to apply for a scholarship. Santa Rosa 99s have two scholarships (big bucks!) to give away. Contact them at They love to keep the money local.

Missed everyone who wasn’t there last Sat. for the winter meeting. We did a good job of organizing for a flying-full year. Stay tuned! cindy

Bay Cities 99s – 80th anniversary

Hello Chapter Chairs!

I would like to extend an invitation to you and your members to join Bay Cities for our 80th anniversary luncheon.

It will be held on March 3, 2012 from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm at Asena restaurant in Alameda, CA. …

I hope to see some of you there as we celebrate our 80 years of flying, fun, and fellowship.

Blue Skies and Kind Regards,

Erika Amir
Chapter Chair
Bay Cities 99s