Opal Kunz was the subject of discussion at the May 2013 Southwest Section meeting in Bakersfield, CA. The Southwest Section has taken up the cause to enhance Opal’s grave, as a tribute to her contributions to women in aviation. These links will provide further information about Opal:
She was a charter member of the Ninety-Nines, and Tiffany was commissioned, via Opal’s husband, to design and produce the handsome “99” logo pin worn by all members of the Ninety-Nines to this day. Opal Kunz was married to Dr. George Frederick Kunz, a noted 19th century mineralogist and writer, and Vice President of Tiffany & Co.
Aug 13th-20th 1929, Opal entered the first Women’s Air Derby, starting in Santa Monica, CA and ending in Cleveland, Ohio. Among the 20 participants was Ameila Earhart. 14 completed the course one of them being Opal Kunz.
She died alone at her home in Auburn, California on May 15, 1967, and is buried in the municipal cemetery, called the “Old Auburn Cemetery”, in plot: 127B-3.
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