The U.S. Helicopter Team with HRH Prince Phillip at the 2nd World Helicopter Championships, 1973. TWU Libraries Woman's Collection, Whirly-Girls Digital Collection.
Founded in 1955 by Jean Ross Howard Phelan and affiliated with the Helicopter Association International, the Whirly-Girls is a support network and a scholarship provider for women helicopter pilots. The Whirly-Girls began with 13 charter members; its membership has grown to almost 1,800 members today. As of July, 2012 the digital collection consists of over 1,000 images. Photographs from all the membership files have been added, accompanied by biographies of the individual pilots. Two photo albums and nine scrapbooks have also been digitized. Seven scrapbooks have yet to be digitized; these include documents from the early years of the organization and material received by the TWU Libraries Woman's Collection this summer.
The Woman’s Collection of Texas Woman's University Libraries has been the official archive of the Whirly-Girls since 1996.