AOPA marks 75th anniversary

FREDERICK, Md. — On this day in 1939, five pilots — all unabashed aviation enthusiasts — gathered near Wings Field north of Philadelphia and signed the charter that would launch the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a fledgling group that was destined to become the world’s largest aviation member association.

Then, as now, AOPA’s primary mission was to protect the freedom to fly for the growing population of general aviation pilots and aircraft owners.

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