HOT SPRINGS-The Hot Springs Municipal Airport got a unique piece of history Saturday. Members of the Montana and Wyoming chapters of the Ninety-Nines came for the weekend to paint a compass rose on the tarmac of the airport.
The rose depicts the eight cardinal directions. It allows pilots flying overhead to verify their directional instruments from the air.
The compass rose took several hours between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to complete.
On Friday, calculations were made to determine magnetic north and the base layer of white was painted with the four cardinal directions(north, south, east and west).
Saturday, the Ninety-Nines painted the intercardinal directions (northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest) in blue. They also taped a stencil on the center of the compass rose to create their logo consisting of two interlocking 9s. A checker pattern was panted on the north direction.
Hot Springs’ rose is the first Ninety-Nine rose in the state of South Dakota.
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Miranda Edwards of the Montana Ninety-Nines said the group stays busy most of the summer painting compass roses, "we usually average about four a month, and we do all of them in a weekend."
Edwards also said the whole crew who came to paint was very impressed with the hospitality they received from Hot Springs, "everyone has been really welcoming, we're excited to go see the town when we're done."
The Hot Springs Airport helped organize sponsors who provided the Ninety-Nines with a lunch on Saturday, helped with costs of the project and got them tickets to Evan's Plunge.
The Ninety-Nines were established in 1929 by 99 woman pilots, including Amelia Earhart. For 90 years, they've been promoting women in aviation through education and scholarships. Currently the Ninety-Nines
The international organization started painting the compass roses in 1933 when their Airmarking Division was established.