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Amelia Earhart may be best remembered for her solo flight across the Atlantic — and her mysterious disappearance — but the pioneering pilot contributed many things to aviation. In 1929, she was one of the founding members of the Ninety-Nines, an organization founded to support the advancement of women pilots. The group still functions today with a global membership of more than 5,000 women from more than 30 countries. The Santa Barbara chapter is doing its part to support female pilots and recently announced the C.J. Strawn Aviation Scholarship for Women in honor of California pilot Cheryl Strawn, who perished in a midair collision in 2013. Applicants must be 16 years or older, live in California, and have a desire to be a pilot or airplane mechanic. The winner will receive $2,000, which will go to help defray the costs of flight or mechanic school. Applications are due by July 15. For more information, call Lynn Houston at (805) 698-6784 or email her at For more on the Ninety-Nines, visit


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